High School Branches

We are committed to youth education.
We were formed in 1937 as a Teachers' credit union and although we are now community chartered, we remain dedicated to the financial education of area youth. We partner with 23 elementary and middle schools in the Capital Region and have 3 high school branches: The Patriot Branch at Schenectady High School, The Warrior Branch at Mohonasen High School, and the Tartans Branch at Scotia-Glenville High School.

Please contact Christy Smith – Vice President of Member Services, about starting a program in your school!

The Purpose of a High School Branch

  • To educate students in the area of financial marketing and service delivery, by providing hands-on experience.
  • To offer the student population the opportunity to learn personal financial responsibility with account ownership.
  • To teach the students participating in the branch life skills in leadership, service and the basic skills of a Teller.
  • To teach the marketing students the fundamentals of financial marketing and sales.
  • To increase our youth membership with the intent of helping them become better-educated consumers of financial services.

Credit Union Responsibility
First New York FCU is committed to providing a financial transaction system and complete Teller, security and marketing training of students and supervising staff, with on-going support for the advising Teacher/Administrator. In-school branches follow all procedures for operation of branch activities as provided by First New York.

School Responsibility
To provide a secure environment in which to operate a credit union branch, with appropriate candidates to act as Tellers and marketing representatives for the branch operation. The School provides supervision of the student staff and branch during business hours, as well as security measures as agreed upon.

What can a student run branch do?

  • Accept Deposits of Checks and Cash
  • Check Cashing
  • Withdrawals & Transfers (transaction amount restrictions apply)
  • Loan Payments
  • New account opening
  • Distribute new account materials
  • Quote Rates
  • Explain features and benefits of credit union products

Marketing and Promotion

  • First New York provides training and support for students participating in the financial marketing or business classes, including instruction on selling the credit union products and services. The students are fully versed in the features and benefits of credit union membership.
  • The students from the marketing/business class participate in the branch opening, including: naming of the branch, membership promotions and branch promotions, using incentive gifts for new members (provided by First New York).
  • The credit union assists the teacher and class in design, creation and distribution of marketing materials to promote the credit union.
  • The students have created special products for the credit union, including: Prom Club, Yearbook Club, and a Savings Points Reward Program.