NFL player JT Hassell, local aspiring astronaut Alyssa Carsonswimwear influencer and entrepreneur Emilie Zeck share personal success stories in Brevard County and financial advice at the first of four events

ROCKLEDGE, Florida., March 152022 /PRNewswire/ — Tackling the current severe crisis in youth financial literacy, Community Credit Union Florida (CCU Florida)a not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperative florida east coast, today launches its “Financial take-off 321!” educational series at Rockledge High School with 400 middle school students. This program provides the tools to pave the way for a successful financial future as young clients begin their independent financial journey. The event features an interactive panel discussion with financial experts from CCU Florida, as well as young athletes and influencers connected to the Space Coast community.

Sharing personal anecdotes of their success in Brevard Countynfl player J.T. Hassell more recently from the New York Jets, Alyssa Carsonan accomplished pilot and astrobiology student who aspires to be the first woman on Mars, and Emilie Zeckan established influencer and swimwear entrepreneur, will share financial best practices and how his partnership with CCU Florida has supported his business, philanthropic and personal endeavors.

“Having financial literacy at a young age is essential and we want to ensure that the next generation of the Space Coast is able to reach those milestones such as getting their first debit card, buying a car or his first house,” said Laurie Capelli, president of CCU Florida. “Recent studies have shown that there is a gap in financial education and we are committed to filling it by providing students with tips, resources and easy-to-understand ways to jump-start their financial journey.”

According to a recent study by Forbes, 79% of teenagers do not have a savings account and 87% say they do not know how to manage their money. CCU Florida’s “321 Financial Liftoff” is designed to be an accessible and convenient support system starting in high school and seeks to instill the importance of financial literacy at an early age. Last week, Florida HB 115 been unanimously approved by the Florida House PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee, requiring high school students to earn a half-credit in personal financial literacy and money management in order to graduate.

“We are so grateful to CCU Florida for launching this incredibly important series in partnership with Rockledge High School,” said Noelle Nickerson, test coordinator and business partners. “We are committed to educating students about financial literacy and admire CCU Florida for taking this initiative. This is just another example of their enduring commitment to this community and its younger generation.”

The event is the first of four in a series combining music, videos and financial literacy lessons with the second event at Titusville High School on April 1 in collaboration with Junior Achievement, the third to Florida Institute of Technology on August 28 and the fourth at Eastern Florida State College in October. Participants receive a unique CCU Florida kit inspired by Space Coast.

About Community Credit Union Florida

Founded in 1953 in Titusville, Florida, Community Credit Union Florida is a member-owned, nonprofit financial cooperative formed under state charter by a group of ten teachers. The original premise of the cooperative encouraged savings, providing a higher return on members’ savings than could be found elsewhere and allowing the credit union to use these resources to provide loans to other members. at competitive interest rates. 69 years later, this basic operating concept still holds true and has earned CCU Florida recognition as one of the top ten credit unions in the state. With 7 locations, membership is available to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school, or does business in Brevard, indian river, Orange, Osceola, Polkor Volusia counties in Florida. For more information, visit



Sarah J. Greer