Two years ago, a group of young people who dubbed themselves the Crash Network pushed their way onto the credit union scene at CUNA’s GAC conference.
What started out as an experiment for those under 35 to become more engaged with the industry and making their voices heard has now evolved into the newly rebranded the Cooperative Trust.
“Crash was about showing up and gaining access, in whatever way we could, to the wealth of wisdom and growth opportunities in the movement. There was a lot more separation between youth and veterans in the industry. Now those boundaries, while not gone, are beginning to crack,” said Brent Dixon, who founded the Crash Network and serves as young adult adviser with the Filene Research Institute.
“The Cooperative Trust is about being change agents interwoven into the system. Working collectively as youth, tapping into the wisdom of veterans, and fully staking claim to the credit union movement because the reins will be in our hands in a few short years,” Dixon said.