Independent Advantage

The Better Banking Class For Teens

The Independent Advantage program is a series of financial courses for high school students. In a relaxed and fun environment, students learn about modern financial concepts. These skills are rarely taught in schools anymore, even though they are critical to well-rounded adult life. Independent Advantage graduates are set up with real-world tools for real-world finances. 

Independent Advantage will educate your student on:

  • Importance of credit and how to use it wisely
  • The value of a credit score and how to maintain it
  • How to create short and long-term financial goals
  • How to budget their money
  • Proper use of credit cards, debit cards, and electronic financial systems
  • How to maintain financial records and balance a checkbook
  • How to identify fraud and protect your accounts

Independent Advantage graduates are set up with real world-tools for real-world finances. Upon completion of the courses series students receive:

  • Checking account with a free box of checks
  • Mastercard debit card
  • Electronic access to their accounts
  • Opportunity to apply for a low-limit credit card

But the benefits of Independent Advantage don't only come in the classroom. IA also provides:

  • Eligibility for Gaining Ground Scholarships for college
  • Merit Badge Certification for Boy Scouts of America
  • Merit Badge Certification for Girl Scouts of America
  • Ambassador programs in our local schools
  • Gain Internships for our students

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2023 Independent Advantage Calendar

Use the calendar below to find a class for your student today!

Each course consists of four sessions spread over the course of four weeks. You can choose between in-person sessions at our Burbank branch* or virtual sessions over Zoom. Please do not sign up for both in-person and virtual sessions for the same month as the same content will be covered in both venues.

October 2023

In-Person Instruction**

Tuesdays (5:15 pm - 7:30 pm)

October 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Sign-Up for October (In-Person)

Virtual (via Zoom)

Wednesdays (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th 

Sign-Up for October (Zoom) 

November 2023

In-Person Instruction**

Tuesdays (5:15pm - 7:30pm)

November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th

Sign-Up November (In-Person)

Virtual (via Zoom)

Wednesdays (4:30pm - 6:30pm)

November 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Sign-Up for November (Zoom) 

*In-person courses are subject to CDC guidelines. If necessary, these courses may be rescheduled to meet virtually.
**In-person classes will be taught at our Burbank branch.

Classes are free. Students must open a savings account with the Credit Union before the first course.