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July 18, 2022   •   News   Press Release  

SAFE Partners with UC Davis to Empower Girls Financially During STEM Summer Camp

Folsom, Calif. (July 18, 2022) – SAFE Credit Union’s Financial Wellness team is partnering with UC Davis to provide financial education to 92 girls attending this year’s American Association of University Women Tech Trek (July 17-23).

On Tuesday, July 19, the high school juniors and seniors attending camp from across Northern California will get a taste of how to manage their future personal finances during SAFE’s interactive “Bite of Reality” fair. The workshop challenges young participants to manage a budget while making real-life decisions on paying everything from a mortgage to child care.

SAFE Financial Wellness Coordinator Emilio Barrera says the splice-of-life scenario workshop will empower the girls attending this year’s camp. “We will give them a sense of how to take charge of their own budgets one day,” Barrera says.

Bite of Reality FairSAFE hosts a Bite of Reality fair in April at Mesa Verde High School in Citrus Heights.

The SAFE workshop takes place from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, on campus in Thompson Hall.

Rebecca Delmundo, SAFE’s assistant vice president for Community Relations, says her team is proud to support UC Davis in its efforts to support girls in STEM and in life. “We enjoy supporting the university and we were happy to assist them again this year,” Delmundo says.

The AAUW Tech Trek launched at UC Davis campus in summer 2011. UC Davis offers campers a variety of on-campus field trips and experiences, including visits to the internationally known School of Veterinary Medicine. The camp provides an up-close look into one of the nation’s top public research universities, with a breadth of academic programs, global leadership in sustainability, and a commitment to addressing society’s needs through innovative research.

Barrera says SAFE’s Bite of Reality fairs provide participants with moments of “shock and awe” as they experience how quickly money can be used up when meeting monthly expenses, he says.

“They are usually really surprised at things like having to provide the cost of transportation for a spouse or children,” he says.

Emilio Barerra photo SAFE Financial Wellness Coordinator Emilio Barerra

The camp held each year since 2011 hosts between 84 and 94 students. SAFE’s financial wellness team partnered with the camp in 2018 and 2019.

To speak to SAFE Credit Union Financial Wellness Coordinator Emilio Barerra or an American Association of University Women representative please contact SAFE Public Relations and Communications Specialist Robyn Eifertsen at (916) 792-1284 or [email protected]

About SAFE

SAFE Credit Union has made members an integral part of its vision since 1940. Over the years the credit union has kept the focus on what really matters, putting members first, a formula that has seen SAFE grow into a leading financial institution in Northern California with $4.5 billion in assets and about 242,000 members. SAFE crafts every cutting-edge product and sterling service with members’ needs foremost in mind. In addition to banking services conveniently available through online, chat, mobile, or phone options, SAFE offers in-person services for members and small businesses at service centers across the Greater Sacramento region. SAFE is a not-for-profit, state-chartered credit union with membership open to businesses and individuals living or working in Sacramento, Placer, Yolo, El Dorado, Sutter, Butte, Nevada, Solano, San Joaquin, Contra Costa, Yuba, Amador, and Alameda counties. Insured by NCUA.

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