Remember when National Credit Union Youth Week was…well, just a week-long celebration? It’s become such a popular (not to mention worthwhile) celebration that this year, it has been extended to the entire month of April! Go ahead and do a happy dance…I’ll wait. So why the change? Simply put…credit unions asked for it. While educating youth about the importance of saving and other smart financial habits is ultimately an ongoing effort, one special recognition week per year just wasn’t long enough to really connect with young members.
Every year, the Youth Month Coordinators at Credit Union National Association (CUNA) invite credit unions to submit their ideas for a theme. They narrow down the options by choosing their top three favorites and then ask credit unions to vote on the winning theme. This year, though, the Youth Month Coordinators had to turn to the youth for a final decision as credit unions were equally divided between two choices. Unanimously they chose this year’s theme to be Wild About Saving™!
Let’s Get Wild!
So how is ECCU encouraging youth to get wild about saving?
- Prizes. Explorer’s Club and Compass Account members who make an in-branch deposit during the month of April will get a savings tips handout plus one of these wildly cute beanie animals (while supplies last).
- Cash. We’ll add $100 to the savings account of one lucky Explorer’s Club and Compass Account member at the end of April. Youth will be automatically entered for a chance to win if they make at least one deposit into any of their ECCU accounts.
Youth Month – It’s Not Just For Youth
We know parents and guardians play an important role in teaching their children money management skills. After all – monkey see, monkey do!
- Tips To Share. All month long, we’ll be sharing weekly articles in ECCU Resource Center on how to encourage saving, money management, and more for youth of all ages. Check back often for new material; or better yet, sign up for our weekly email updates so you never miss a blog article! Simply enter your name and email address to the right.
- Win A $25 Visa Gift Card! Head on over to ECCU’s Facebook page and enter the contest on our timeline for a chance to win a $25 gift card. Good luck!
Want To Learn More About ECCU Youth Accounts?
Visit our Youth Accounts page to learn more about the Explorer’s Club Account (for ages 0-12) and Compass Account (ages 13–17).