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2011 Youth Week Celebrations

See how credit unions around the country showed youth that “Money Rocks” at their CUs!

Enjoy these stories and materials submitted by credit unions participating in the 2011 Youth Week and National Youth Saving Challenge™.  With celebrations like these to engage youth, it’s no wonder that the Saving Challenge saw young members deposit a total of $28,545,723.  Thank you to all of the credit unions that celebrated for joining together to show how money rocks at credit unions!

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Kamehameha Federal Credit Union
Brent Tomaya

Kamehameha FCU “rocked out” with this year’s Youth Savings Month theme. We celebrate youth week because it is important for the youth to learn good saving habits.  Also, it helps kids familiarize themselves with our credit union.

The youth who visited the credit union during the month were able to play Guitar Hero for a chance to win a $60 Game Stop gift card. They also received double punches to their punch cards for every deposit of $10 or more during the month.

For all new youth accounts opened during Youth Savings month, the youth received a free “My Money Rocks at Kamehameha FCU” t-shirt along with their savings passbook, punch card, and personal bank. The credit union opened 13 new youth accounts for the month of April and had 21 deposits made to our new and existing youth savings accounts.

The staff was able to take part in the fun as well. They had a board of top players in the credit union for Guitar Hero, and during the official Youth Week they could either wear their favorite rock band t-shirt or dress as a Rock Star.


Members First Community Credit Union
Amber Wilson

Money Rock$ was a great hit with our members and employees alike for last year’s theme.  Our Saving Challenge really proved that Money Rock$ at Members “First”. We beat our goals and had 50 deposits, 12 new accounts, and $2,490.73 saved!  Every deposit entered youth into our drawing for $50, and it was a great success!

We also hosted our 4th Annual Youth Night, despite the storms; we had 17 kids and opened 4 new accounts!  We had a rock theme throughout. Each youth received a backstage pass with their photo from our “Rock On” photo booth, played Guess the Rockin $aving$, Pin the Guitar on Swifty, and Swifty’s Musical Chairs.  We had tellers on hand to open our new accounts and take deposits from the kids.

That night, savings totaled more than six hundred fifty dollars.  We gave away a guitar-shaped piggy bank, Money Rock$ t-shirts, Six Flags tickets, and the cool Money Rock$ cups with activity books.  We look forward to continuing with this theme throughout the year for our youth and a new celebration next year!


Indiana State University Federal Credit Union
Amanda Vester

This was the credit union’s seventh year celebrating Youth Week. All credit union youth members ages 17 and under were invited to participate. Members under the age of 10 were able to participate in a coloring contest. Emily, age 5, was the winner of a $15 gift card from Toys ‘R’ Us for her poster.

Members under the age of 17 were invited to participate in a Deposit Challenge and Guess the Jar contest. Alexandria, age 16, won the Deposit Challenge, winning an iPod Shuffle. Nicholas, age 8, won the Guess the Jar contest and had $32.31 deposited into his savings account.

On Thursday, April 21, our youth members were able to play Band Hero and have their picture taken with the Rock Star background. It was a great time for all those who attended.

Yzabel enjoys coloring during the Youth Week event at ISU Credit Union.Nicholas showed off his guitar skills during Youth Week at ISU Credit Union.Malyssa, Walter, and Hunter paused their performance for a picture at ISU Credit Union.


Community 1st Credit Union
Dana Brown

We hosted a free concert by the popular local rock band “Compulsive Liars” to celebrate National Credit Union Youth Week at the C1st branch at 235 Richmond Ave.“Compulsive Liars” is a six-piece rock band that includes Ottumwa High School students Spencer, guitar; Nick, guitar; Jack, bass; Patrick, drums; and vocalists Kurtis and Courtney. During the concert, free hotdogs, chips, and drinks were also served.

Community 1st also participated in the National Youth Savings Challenge. Anyone age 18 and younger who opened a new C1st account received a $5 Wal-Mart gift card.

Younger members colored pictures from the spring 2011 Dollar Dog Newsletter, brought them to their local C1st branches, and received free Dollar Dog coins. The branches also put the pictures up for display in their lobbies.

About 60 people, including younger kids, teenagers, and parents, attended the event. We feel it was a success for being our first Youth Week event in quite some time.


New Greylock Federal Credit Union

New Greylock FCU celebrated growth by welcoming its 70,000th member, Andrew, age 18, a graduate and school valedictorian of Lenox Memorial. Andrew opened his accounts at Greylock's Lee branch during National Credit Union Youth Week in April. Senior Vice President Pete Mirante presented a $1,000 check to Andrew to support his college education. "When we realized our 70,000th member was a college-bound senior, we felt this $1,000 award was an appropriate way to mark the occasion," Mirante said.

The $1.3 billion asset credit union's Youth Week promotion attracted more than 60 members and resulted in more than 100 accounts opened. Only 229 credit unions have reached the 70,000 member milestone, said Executive Vice President John Bissell.

From left are Senior Vice President Pete Mirante, Andrew, and Member Service Officer Mindy Brown.


Central Missouri Community Credit Union
Ashley Anderson

What a month we had in April! CMCCU offices had two bowling parties and a skating party for members under 18, and over 100 young people came. Also, we held a drawing for all our members who made a deposit in April, and we gave away various prizes – Paper Jamz guitars, T-shirts, sports packs, cash, and even a grand prize of an iPod Shuffle. We had an amazing youth month and are very proud of our young members. 


Ticonderoga Federal Credit Union
Kate Thompson

Ticonderoga FCU celebrated National Financial Literacy Month by encouraging youth members to visit the credit union to enter a raffle for a $50 savings bond and the $100 National Youth Saving Challenge™ prize.  One randomly selected winner was drawn at each of the credit union’s three branches. The three lucky winners were Carter in Ticonderoga, Anna at the Port Henry branch, and Thomas at the Elizabethtown branch.

In addition to the raffle, each of the credit union’s branches distributed dozens of money management guides covering age groups from pre-k to high school as well as tips for parents to help teach their children about money. Young members who opened a Savings Safari account received a Moonjar Moneybox. Moonjars help children learn to manage their money with individual compartments for saving, spending and sharing.

Member Service Representative Shauna Alkinburgh presents Ticonderoga raffle winner Carter with a $50 savings bond.Anna, left, poses with her sister Eric after winning a savings bond at the Port Henry branch.


Dynamic Federal Credit Union
Annette Samaniego

Dynamic FCU rocked the house with a special visit from Kirby the kangaroo during “Youth Week Celebration.” The kids joined Kirby and his rockin’ crew on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00 - noon for fun, games, and prizes. Youth that made a deposit of $5.00 or more were given a special gift from Kirby!


Oregon Community Credit Union
Kendra Handke

This year’s Youth Savings Week rock star theme allowed for some fun creativity to assist in our goal of spreading the word about youth financial literacy. As an organization we were able to connect with more than 100 youth in our community by hosting field trips and visiting schools and activity centers.

Oregon Community CU staff went above and beyond decorating the branches, holding prize drawings, and making every kid’s experience extra special. Here’s a look at what we did throughout the month of April!

Our Thurston and Mohawk branches visited a third grade class and two second grade classrooms at Thurston Elementary School. Students learned about the difference between a bank and a credit union, how they can earn interest by keeping their money in their accounts, and the importance of saving. They also played bingo using key financial terms. Students examined a variety of different coins and bills including $50, $100, and $2 bills. Each student received an OCCU piggy bank and quarter saver to help kick off their savings and a coloring sheet to enter into the coloring contest.

The South Commercial branch in Salem hosted a field trip for a Brownie Troop. The girls were taken on a branch tour and talked about the difference between banks and credit unions. They also got to sit with a BR pretending to be members, while staff briefly talked about loans and the importance of good credit. Vanessa took the girls into the vault and let them hold stacks of cash and each girl was able to run cash through the cash counter. The girls also learned about what a teller does, watched a simulated transaction and played educational games.

The South Eugene branch arranged for a class of fourth grade students from Cesar Chavez Elementary School to visit. Students toured the branch and tried out the drive-up window, the coin counting machine, and the cash counter. Students learned about the importance of saving and the kinds of things one may need a loan for. Branch staff shared what makes OCCU rock and why each and every job at the branch is important.

The Duck Store and Downtown branches teamed up and invited two Girl Scout troops to the Downtown branch for a tour and activities. Downtown Branch Manager Angela Dow also visited a group of 4- and 5-year-olds at Willamalane. Kids learned what a piggy bank is and how it helps you save money. The kids also learned about becoming a Lucky Duck member and that you can save your Lucky Duck bucks for all kinds of things like a special Lego set or the super-sparkly Barbie. Angela said, “The best part is one little girl said she didn’t have a piggy bank and I was able to give her one of ours. She was so excited, it made my day!”

Cascade Community Credit Union
Jennifer Roth

We worked especially hard this year promoting the CU and getting as many kids as we could in to our branches. Guitar Hero Contests were definite attention-grabbers. Kylee, a member at Cascade CCU, was randomly selected as a National Youth Saving Challenge winner. It was such awesome news for us to hear that Kylee had won one hundred dollars!

Caption: Kylee, age 9, was one of ten National Youth Saving Challenge winners.


P&G Mehoopany Employees Federal Credit Union
Lisa Major

P&G Mehoopany Employees FCU hosted Youth Appreciation Day at West Side Career Tech Center. We had a great turnout with over 100 students in attendance throughout the day.


ORNL Federal Credit Union
Denise Iroler

We had a great Youth Month here at ORNL FCU!  This was our 2nd year participating in the Saving Challenge. Our 32 branches worked hard to decorate and celebrate youth during the entire month of April.  The young man, Alex Oliver, in two of the pictures below, is our Young & Free Tennessee Spokesperson.  He helped us celebrate as you can see. 

The branches held many fun events with games, activities, food, and prizes. Several of our branches held a S.M.A.R.T. workshop for kids featuring the award-winning Moonjar where the children learned to save, spend, and share!  ORNL FCU feels strongly about providing financial education for all life stages. The National Youth Saving Challenge™ supports our S.M.A.R.T initiative by encouraging youth to set financial goals and save and spend wisely.  This is the first guiding principle in our S.M.A.R.T. acronym. We believe these principles are the building blocks for financial well-being. 

Save and Spend Wisely
Make Credit Count
Assure Financial Security
Research and Learn
Take Time to Review

We recognize that kids need accounts, too, and the younger we educate youth about the important principle of saving, the better! We appreciate every opportunity to reach out to the youth in our area by providing them and their parents with the resources and tools needed to make a difference in their lives. 

Our credit union celebrates Youth Week because…

“That’s easy—to reach, teach, and encourage youth to learn about and save money. There has been a big gap in financial education for many years, and this is an opportunity to reach our young people. They certainly aren’t going to learn it by osmosis when they graduate from high school, but many of them will be stepping out into the Real World at that time. We need to catch them before then and give them some guidance.
Who better than credit unions?”

Judy Jett
Central Missouri Community Credit Union
Warrensburg, Mo.

“We hold Youth Savings Week because we understand the importance of teaching the next generation the power of saving. Our children know very well how to spend money—everybody and anybody's money!  We have to be proactive in making sure they understand the importance of saving for the future and rainy days as well as investing in themselves.”

LeWana Britt
Mt. Zion Indianapolis Federal Credit Union
Indianapolis, Ind.

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