Unique Partnership Benefits Teens and the Community

IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union has partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of the Mississippi Valley to open a branch at “The Club,” a teen center, in the former Skills building at 1125 5th Avenue, in Moline.

The 932 square-foot full-service branch will open to the public on April 28 with lobby hours from 3-5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The branch will allow teens to work closely with IHMVCU employees and gain hands-on workplace experience to prepare them to succeed later in life.

“The most unique aspect of this project is the focus on education and career development, specifically as Teen Member Service Representatives (MSRs),” says Dennis Hall, CEO and President, IHMVCU. “Teens will be exposed to the credit union’s daily operations and build key skills that’ll help them successfully enter the workforce.”

These young professionals will be trained to work part-time and then, after they graduate from high school, will be eligible to “graduate” to other full time positions within the credit union.

“I’ve been with the Boys and Girls Club for a very long time,” says Bianca Raya, Teen MSR. “This is a great opportunity for me, and I want to set a good example for the younger kids.”

In addition, teens will not only receive financial education, but become advocates as well. With assistance from credit union staff, teens will play an important role in financial education seminars for club and credit union youth members.

“It’s an honor to be working for the Boys and Girls Club branch,” says Marco Flores, Teen MSR. “I grew up in the [BGC] Youth Center, and am looking forward to giving back to the Club and community.”

Grand Opening celebration
Fri., April 25
4-6 p.m.
Ribbon cutting and open house

Teen Night including trivia and dancing
Fri., April 25
6-10 p.m.
Teen Night is open to all teens aged 13-18 that are enrolled in school.

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