American Eagle Financial Credit Union and The Credit Union League of Connecticut teamed up to present four virtual Financial Reality Fairs using the Bite of Reality mobile app to 70 students in the Pathways Entrepreneurial Labs program (PELabs) at Pathways Academy of Technology & Design in East Hartford. The students learned from Credit Union professionals about the importance of saving, budgeting, and credit, while engaging in a hands-on mobile app exercise in choosing a career and managing their day-to-day personal finances as young adults.

Founded in 2017, PELabs is a 5 1/2-week summer program where student interns are part of an entrepreneurial team (Advanced Manufacturing, Digital Media, Graphic Design, IT, Web Design) whose mission will be to develop products or services for customers while engaging in the entire end-to-end business process. “Through this unique summer business program, interns learn skills in their chosen business area of focus, develop professional and entrepreneurial skills and experience, and build their professional network, résumé, and portfolio,” said John Griffin, PELabs Program Director.

Presenting financial literacy education to PELabs students (inset from left to right) are Teresa Knox, Senior Vice President/Chief Operations Officer; Ramon Chlarar, Floating Member Account Representative; and Richard Marinelli, Community Relations Manager from American Eagle Financial Credit Union; and John Griffin, PELabs Program Director. Pictured at the front of the classroom is Dave Hinchey, Director of Community Impact, Credit Union League of Connecticut.