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The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network (CNYIN)- June 12, 2009-in partnership with the Richard Myles Johnson (RMJ) Foundation-recently awarded its second annual School of the Year Award to Liberty High School in Napa, CA. The winner was chosen from among schools nominated by CNYIN members; it was nominated by Marlene Myers, financial education officer with Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, CA.

Liberty High School, a court community school designed for students suspended or expelled from a comprehensive campus, received $1,000 as the winning recipient. The award was developed to honor a California or Nevada school that has excelled at providing youth financial literacy to its students in the recent past and has specific plans to continue doing so in the future. It is sponsored by the CNYIN, a grant from the Richard Myles Johnson Foundation-the state foundation for credit unions in California and Nevada-and contributions from American First Credit Union in Brea, CA and Greater Nevada Credit Union in Carson City, NV.
"Among the wonderful nominees we had this year, Liberty impressed us with its very compelling stories from a teacher who is using the National Endowment for Financial Education's (NEFE) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP) to help her students build a better life," said Michael Lee, CNYIN board chairman and education manager with The Golden 1 Credit Union in Sacramento, CA.  "We were so pleased to hear that Liberty High School was named as this year's CNYIN School of the Year recipient; it is truly deserving for all of the work the staff has done to change the lives of these students by providing not only academic knowledge, but life skills that will help them better prepare for adult life," said Myers of Travis Credit Union. The California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network is a group of credit union professionals which seeks to increase the financial literacy of youth in California and Nevada.

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