Dakota Credit Union Association has announced the 2021 winners of the state-level Desjardins Financial Education Awards. These prestigious awards honor credit unions for their financial literacy efforts in the communities they serve.

The entries from the Dakotas were judged by an awards committee made up of eight judges from the Minnesota Credit Union Network. Each credit union will be recognized with an engraved award plaque during the 2022 Annual Summit in Rapid City, South Dakota.

These first-place winners will now advance for national judging at the Credit Union National Association along with credit unions from around the country in their same asset category.

The Jamestown area winners include:

Desjardins Youth Financial Education Award

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  • $50M to $250M in assets: Hometown Credit Union, Kulm

Desjardins Adult Financial Education Award

  • More than $1B in assets: First Community Credit Union, Jamestown

The Desjardins program is named after the credit union pioneer Alphonse Desjardins, who was instrumental in forming both the Canadian and the U.S. credit union movements. The award recognizes leadership within the credit union movement on behalf of financial literacy for all ages. In his day, Desjardins established youth savings clubs and in-school "banks," known as caisses scolaires for the purpose of educating students about finances.

The Dakota Credit Union Association is the professional financial trade association serving 71 credit unions that employ 2,200 individuals in 221 branches.