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2012 Youth Week Celebration Stories

2012 Youth Week Celebration Stories

See how credit unions around the country transformed youth into Credit Union Super Savers! Thank you to all of the credit unions joining in the celebration.

Do you have more 2012 Youth Week info or hi-res pictures to share? Send them to ywcoordinator@cuna.coop.

CALIFORNIA
Armondo and Mandy Lopez are both credit union members, learning about finances together.

Santa Cruz County Employees Credit Union
Sandy Lawson
Santa Cruz, CA

Each year, in conjunction with Youth Week, our credit union presents a Youth Budgeting Workshop. Parents may choose to attend with their children and share the experience of budgeting together, making family members aware of their financial responsibilities.

Students learn the difference between credit unions and banks, wants & needs, basic budgeting and many more tips for managing finances.

SESLOC Federal Credit Union
Carla Swift
San Luis Obispo, CA

At SESLOC Federal Credit Union we created a super saver with a cutout for kids to put their face through for a photo. On both Monday and Friday our Staff dressed up as superheroes.

We give away a customized "Share, Save and Spend" Moonjar savings bank to kids with new accounts, and in the spirit of "sharing," we also ran a fundraiser all month long to benefit our local food bank program called "Lovin' Lunchbox," which provides meals to low income kids throughout our county during the summer months when they don't have access to school lunches. Overall, our program will be donating over $6,500 (including matching funds from the credit union) to help feed local kids. All in all, we had a lot of fun sharing and saving.

Bay Federal Credit Union
Diana Moreno-Inman
Capitola, CA

We had so much fun with our superhero Youth Week at Bay Federal Credit Union and it was a huge success with the kids!

Saving Challenge
We held the National Youth Saving Challenge™ the entire month of April and youth were encouraged to make a deposit into their account or open a new one for a chance to enter into a raffle, no purchase required. Each of our 7 branches gave out fun prizes: a talking piggy bank, an iPod Shuffle, $50 deposited into their savings account, 2 tickets to the movies, 2 tickets to the Monterey Bay Aquarium, or a $5 Jamba Juice gift card. We received almost 600 entries!

Comic Book Contest
Youth created a comic page where they drew themselves as a superhero and what they were saving for. The prize was a Bay Federal piggy bank. Each of our 7 branches chose one winner per day during Youth Week. Kids of all ages participated and we received about 100 entries.

Decorating and Costume Contest
Each branch and department at Bay Federal was invited to make it fun for the kids and showcase their superhero spirit during Youth Week. They were given a theme for each day of the week and were asked to submit pictures of themselves, the branches and our young superheroes during the week to post on our official Facebook page where non-employees had the opportunity to "like" their favorites. The branch with the most non-employee "likes" received more points. We also sent out The League of Extraordinary Judges, a team of Bay Federal employees, to "judge" the participating branches. This League was decked out in full superhero garb! Imagine the looks we received when we took a lunch break at a local restaurant. We had so much fun explaining why we were wearing capes. The top three winning branches won a pizza party for their staff.

It took a lot of teamwork to coordinate this but it was very rewarding to see our youth and their families enjoying their visits to our credit union. We look forward to more Youth Week fun next year!

ILLINOIS

Members First Community Credit Union
Melissa Clopper
Quincy, IL

Our Savings Challenge moved full speed ahead from the beginning, surpassing almost all of our goals in the first two weeks! The Super Saver Theme was celebrated throughout the month and our Kid Account Mascot Swifty even got a Super Hero Makeover. We also hosted our 5th Annual Youth Night on Tuesday, April 24th!

We stayed opened for an extra hour for the kids to come in make deposits, play games, win prizes, and we even had a super saver costume contest. It was a good turnout and our Super Saver Attack bean bag game was our biggest hit. The kids got three chances to knock down super saver attackers, such as High Interest Credit Cards, Low Interest Savings Accounts, Payday Loans, & Overdraft Fees for $5 in Swifty Cash. We are grateful for all of the kids coming in and look forward to next year's theme and our 6th Annual Youth Night.

Community Plus Federal Credit Union
Wednesday Medlen
Rantoul, IL

Community Plus Federal Credit Union visits four 3rd grade classrooms throughout the school year to teach them the importance of saving. During National Credit Union Youth Week, Wednesday Medlen our Membership Officer/Business Development Officer, dressed up as Super Saver Woman. Her special super powers consisted of spreading the word about how important it is to save your money in case of emergencies. Super Saver Woman visited the third graders who were very excited about posing for pictures with Super Saver Woman. She also had her trusty side kick "Penny", mascot for their Scottie Savers Club. "Penny's" birthday was that same week, so they celebrated the eventful week with special treats.

KANSAS

McPherson Co-Op Credit Union
Lisa A Goering
McPherson, KS

We underestimated how many kids would come see RF Alexander the Great! Alexander was a miniature horse we put a superhero costume on that entertained our youth and their parents! We had more kids in one day than we usually have in an entire week! They deposited over $14,000 in 1 week. That is saying something since we're a closed credit union! It was awesome. We also opened 18 new accounts!

K-State Federal Credit Union
Julie Brummett
Manhattan, KS

K-State Federal Credit Union chose to celebrate Youth Savings the entire month of April. We decorated our offices with lightning bolts, window paint and cardboard cutout superheroes (Wonder Woman was certainly an attention getter!) and we held contests for youth 0-18 to participate in.

Those contests included:

Super Hero Day: Any youth 0-18 opening an account or depositing $25.00 to their existing account on Saturday the 28th received a $5.00 bonus deposit from us.

Costume Contest: Held on the 28th, kids 1-6 encouraged to come in dressed as their favorite super hero and have their picture taken with our super hero's - Spiderman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman or Captain America, no children were left out if they didn't have a costume, we had a cape, mask and gloves for them to wear for pictures. (Best dressed super hero received a $25.00 deposit to their account)

Comic Strip Contest: Kids 7-12 were able to draw comic book strips depicting "super savings". (Winning comic strip entry received a $40.00 visa gift card)

Commercial Contest: Youth 13-18 could create a YouTube video or radio commercial depicting "super savings". (Winning video/commercial received $50.00 visa gift card)

Save@School Challenge: During the month of April we also had our Ice Cream Savings Challenge between the schools that participate in the Save@School program and that ran in conjunction with the National Credit Union Youth Savings Challenge. The schools compete to see which students can save the most money and the winning school is rewarded with Ice Cream Treats for the entire student body. Riley County Grade School will receive Ice Cream on the 18th!

K-State Federal Credit Union partnered with the Kansas State Treasurer's office in 2004 and we now have the Save@School program in 6 elementary schools. The Save@School program combines lessons developed by the Treasurer's office on money and the importance of saving while the Credit Union supports the real life financial experience of having a savings account. Combined, the 6 participating schools saved a total of $5,963.96 throughout this school year!

We exceeded the goals we set and had a very successful and fun month!


MARYLAND

Taylor Model Basin Credit Union
Patricia Dawson
Bethesda, MD

Taylor Model Basin Federal Credit Union played Credit Union Bingo with the children who visited their parents at our sponsor, the Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division. Words were used instead of numbers and when a word was pulled, our staff gave an explanation of the term and how it relates to credit unions. In addition to cash prizes, every participant kept the 25 penny "marker" and the dollar coin on the "free" space on the Bingo card. Not only did the kids have fun, our staff did too!

MICHIGAN
Six year old Lizzie won - she was so fired up!

Isabella Community Credit Union
Heather H. Harris
Mount Pleasant, MI

Isabella Community Credit Union (ICCU) held raffle and gave away this youth picnic table during youth week.

MINNESOTA

First Alliance CU
Kelly Kuisle
Rochester, MN

We had a super saver party on Saturday to kickoff youth week! There was face painting, games, activities, and food. We encouraged kids to come dressed up as superheroes to join some of the staff, who also dressed up! It was a very fun event!

New Jersey

North Jersey Federal CU
Zoraya E. Lee-Hamlin
Totowa, NJ

In celebration of National Youth Week and to support its foundation, North Jersey Federal Credit Union hosted an art show and competition for members of all ages called "The Art of Membership." This event spanned from April 19th to May 19th 2012. Artwork was on display from April 19th to May 3rd in the Totowa Branch lobby and judging took place in Totowa on April 20th.

Judges included Lourdes Cortez, President/CEO of North Jersey Federal; Zoraya E. Lee-Hamlin, President of the Board of Directors, La Casa de Don Pedro; and Tom Hawrylko, Editor of Passaic County Art News.

North Jersey Federal believes in the promise of our youth. This month-long event served as a time to not only honor their member's creativity and talents, but to also showcase the strength and value of members throughout the North Jersey Federal community. There were giveaways for children and contributions were accepted to support the North Jersey Federal CU Foundation.

NEW YORK

AmeriCU Credit Union
Tab Rightmyre
Rome, NY

This April, AmeriCU partnered with the USO to celebrate both national "Credit Union Youth Month" and "Month of the Military Child." When you open a "Rising Stars" or "Stars & Stripes" Savings Account, AmeriCU will deposit $5 into your child's account and will donate another $5 in your child's name to the USO to benefit children of military members. AmeriCU will also be collecting new and gently used books to be donated through the USO to military families stationed at Fort Drum. Our goal is to collect 1,500 children's books in April!

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.

OHIO

North Carolina
State Employee's Credit Union
Raleigh, NC

SECU Super $avers Came Out in Full Force for Youth Week!

This year's participation offered young members the chance to win a Kindle Touch 3G E-Reader. When a deposit was made to any FAT CAT or Zard share account during the week, the accountholder was automatically entered into a random drawing. One FAT CAT and one Zard member will be awarded a Kindle Touch E-Reader for their efforts.

To promote this year's campaign, branch personnel created eye-catching superhero displays and used educational games and activities to demonstrate the importance of developing good saving habits. In addition, SECU's 241 branches held various youth appreciation events and gave financial literacy presentations at local schools and within branches in support of National Credit Union Youth Week and April's Financial Literacy for Youth Month.

OKLAHOMA

First Family Federal Credit Union
Staci Alsover
Henryetta, OK

We had so much fun during Youth Week at FFFCU! To celebrate, we started with a Facebook contest for ages 18 and under. Fans could send in a picture of themselves (or of their child) wearing a favorite superhero tshirt or superhero costume. They then voted on their favorite. The winner of the $25 prize was a spiderman baby photo with over 200 votes! You can see all the great entries, winners and fun photos at www.facebook.com/firstfamilyfcu. We also gave away $25 every day during Youth Week at each location to each age group (ages 9 & under and 10 to 18). Then on Friday we drew names for a LeapFrog LeapPad (ages 9 & under) and a Kindle Fire (ages 10 to 18).

Friday was also Kids Day where kids could come in and visit "Super" Copper the Coin Dog! He was dressed in his custom FFFCU cape and all of the staff wore Super Saver tshirts. Kids got FFFCU balloons, popcorn, goody bags filled with coloring sheets, frisbees and more!

It was "super" fun and we can't wait to do it again next year!

OREGON

Oregon Community CU
Kristi Rysdam
Eugene, OR

Every April, we celebrate our youngest members and promote financial literacy among youth in the community as part of National Youth Savings Month. During the week of April 22-28, all of our branches offered fun children's activities to promote saving and financial education. Festivities included branch tours, prize giveaways and financial literacy presentations.

The heroic theme of "Be a credit union super saver!" allowed for fun and creativity. Oregon Community branches went above and beyond in decorating the branches, holding prize drawings and making every child's experience extra special. Check out some highlights of all the festivities from this year's celebration!

Employees from the Thurston and Santa Clara branches visited Thurston and Corridor elementary schools to teach several classes about the importance of saving. Students brainstormed things they need or would like to have in the future and ways to save up their money to purchase them. Younger students learned money basics through story-telling and designing their own penny. Oregon Community employees also provided goody bags for the students and teachers.

The Salem Branch provided a branch tour to kids who are homeschooled, elementary through middle school age. Snacks were provided during tours and tour guides were dressed up as superheroes.

The Coburg branch invited several Boy Scout troops to the branch for a tour and other fun activities, earning the scouts a badge. The branch also ran coloring contests all month, gave out gift bags, cookies and double Lucky Duck bucks all week.


PENNSYLVANIA

Visionary Federal Credit Union
Heather Fries
Bridgeville, PA

Wonder Woman found out that Super Saving was going on at Visionary FCU so she flew in for a visit. Visionary FCU handed out goodie bags to all our youth who deposited during the week.

First Capital Federal Credit Union
Tara Houser
York, PA

CU Superheroes Invade First Capital FCU!

To celebrate National Youth Week and this year's theme of 'Be a Credit Union Super Saver', First Capital FCU is asking its staff and young super savers to dress up as their favorite superheroes for a chance to win a special prize and have their photo posted on Facebook.

Some First Capital staff members kicked off the week in their favorite costumes. Super Teller Jess took home the prize for best dressed and received two movie tickets for her creative costume. Additionally last April, children (ages 2-12) who deposited $25.00 or more in one transaction were invited to earn some extra cash. With one hand they reached into our coin cache and pull out a handful of coins which would also be deposited into their accounts. Not to be left out, there was something for teens as well. For every deposit of $25, teens were entered into a drawing to win a super movie prize package which included two movie tickets, a 'superhero' DVD and candy.

First Commonwealth FCU
Rebecca Buhman
Bethlehem, PA

First Commonwealth celebrated the Saving Challenge and Credit Union Youth Week at all six of its branches throughout the month of April. Youth up to age 12 were given a Super Saver T-Shirt when they opened a new account or deposited $10 or more. Youth ages 13 - 17 were entered to win one of six $25 cash prizes for opening a new account or depositing at least $20. All of the branches displayed superhero cut outs for youth to take their pictures as a superhero. In the month of April, there were 89 New Youth Members, 3,066 Youth Depositors and $429,427.64 in Youth Deposits.

Youth were also encouraged to create their own super saving super hero video. You can view the adventure of Super Saver Girl on our Facebook page/

SOUTH CAROLINA

SPC Credit Union
Dizzy Felkel
Hartsville, SC

We wanted to give back to the community. Employees formed Superhero-themed teams and participated in our Superhero Community Challenge. Ten teams gave back to the community during Youth Week. Projects included the Green Lantern reading at a local school, a school supply drive coordinated with the local Soup Kitchen and supplying a local church with needed items for a new nursery! Team photos were posted to our Facebook page. Fans voted for their favorite, with the winning team winning $100 to donate to a charity of their choosing. Our winning team selected Relay for Life, in memory of Teresa Hancock, an employee who fought and lost a brave battle with cancer in 2011.

TEXAS

Communities of Abilene FCU
Linda Barfield
Abilene, TX

Communities of Abilene FCU partnered with Taylor Elementary School and the third grade class presented CoAFCU with a Federal Reserve Thank You Note that was signed by their school principle, secretary and designed by the children. After watching an educational video on savings, they toured our vault where, our CU Teller Supervisor Tynisa White, demonstrated how coin is kept and bills are wrapped. The kids were all asking questions.

A+ Federal Credit Union
Kelsey Balcaitis
Austin, TX

One of our branches partnered with Chick-Fil-A for Kid's Super Hero Night. Branch employees were able to set up a table and brought along our youth mascot, AJ, to meet families and talk about money skills.

We also developed and printed a comic book featuring Super AJ and his sidekick, Mr. Hammington, and their adventures as they help three young savers learn smart money skills and try and stop the evil Miss Spend and her henchman Mr. X. Spence.

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