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Youth Week art and savings challenge signup ready
MADISON, Wis. (1/9/08)--Credit unions can get Youth Week artwork and sign up for savings challenges now, the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) announced this week.
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Youth Week, with a theme of, "Got Green? Grow It at Your Credit Union," will coincide with Earth Day, taking place April 20-26, 2008. This year’s corresponding Youth Week artwork will concentrate on going and saving the "green." Participants will be encouraged to build good saving habits and change current habits to protect the environment. Small, simple changes will be highlighted, including: replacing an incandescent light bulb when it burns out with a compact fluorescent light bulb, biking or walking instead of riding in a car, donating a used toy instead of throwing it away, putting the computer monitor to "sleep" when not in use, and eating more fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods. The theme was selected from ideas sent by staff from more than 50 credit unions. "Got Green" is a variation of "Save the Green," a theme suggested by Jennifer Millard from Desert Energy CU in Tucson, Ariz., in 2006. Themes were voted on by nearly 500 credit union employees. The top themes were then presented to 26 youth, who chose "Got Green?" as their favorite. Along with National Credit Union Youth Week is the fifth annual National Youth Saving Challenge, where credit unions can bring youth to the credit union to open new accounts or make deposits in existing ones. Credit unions can participate by registering for free on the CUNA website, and setting saving goals. They then tally the total amount of deposits, the number of new accounts opened, and the total number of deposits made by young members during Youth Week and report their results to CUNA to determine figures on a national level. CUNA’s website also contains educational and promotional materials for Youth Week and free planning resources for credit unions. The site includes celebration suggestions from fellow credit unions, success stories, general newsletter articles, media tips to alert local media about this event, and more. For more information, use the link.
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