Tinker Federal Credit Union Educator Receives National Honor
J.R. Webster, Tinker Federal Credit Union (TFCU) financial educator, has received the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB) Volunteer of the Year award for his continued support of NYIB and financial education. Such support has been demonstrated in Webster’s sharing of financial education knowledge and resources with credit unions around the country and in encouraging national credit union involvement in NYIB.
As a financial educator, Webster’s primary focus is to deliver financial education to schools, businesses and community organizations. Since 2009, he has taught over 850 financial education workshops, reaching more than 21,000 people.
“Because there are only a handful of people in Oklahoma who have a job like mine, it can be difficult to find local resources to help me in the classroom,” Webster said. “NYIB provides me with a national network of people who understand what I do and can provide resources to allow me to do my job better. And then I get to return the favor whenever I can.”
Cynthia Campbell, vice president/manager, financial empowerment at TFCU, describes Webster’s efforts as far-reaching —impacting TFCU’s communities and the credit union industry as a whole.
“In addition to the amazing number of Oklahoma students he reaches with financial literacy, he is always going out of his way to assist other credit union financial educators involved in the NYIB network,” Campbell said. “He has shared best practices regarding classroom presentation on the list-serve for several years, and at the conference each year, too. It is great to see one of our own recognized with this award—J.R. sets the benchmark for youth financial literacy.”
Webster has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Nazarene University, and he earned his Financial Counselor certification through the Credit Union National Association. He has also earned his Financial Educator certification through the Heartland Institute of Financial Education. He lives in Moore, Okla., with his wife and two children.