MADISON, Wis. (4/25/13)--Credit unions are in mustache and mystery mode this week in celebration of the National Credit Union Youth Week theme, Savings Sleuth: Solve the Mystery.
"This year we certainly are pulling out the playful, even silly, side of Youth Week--but that's our secret weapon," said Joanne Sepich, Credit Union National Association Youth Week coordinator. "With a wink, a smile, and a giggle, credit unions are introducing basic money management skills to children of all ages this week."
Among the ways credit unions and credit union organizations celebrated youth and saving this week:
|IRCO Community FCU of Phillipsburg, N.J., is celebrating Youth Week with a Mystery Scavenger Hunt. Kids Club members were provided a detective kit and a clue list to find coins. When they deposit the correct coins into their Kids Club account, they are entered in a drawing for movie tickets. They also can get their photos taken as a detective, complete with moustache, hat and trench coat. (Photo provided by New Jersey Credit Union League)|
CUNA staff celebrated Youth Week with a "Name that 'Stache" contest in which employees were asked to identify colleagues wearing mustaches. Employees also were provided with finger 'stache tattoos, treats, and snapshots of credit union Youth Week celebrations nationwide.
|Employees of Rivers Edge Community CU in Allen Park, Mich. donned mustaches and organized a slate of events for National Credit Union Youth Week. They also assisted a local Reading is Fundamental Program. The credit union distributed identification kits, ran a penny-counting contest and offered incentives for new accounts. (Photo provided by Rivers Edge Community CU)|
Employees of Fremont (Ohio) FCU visited local second-grade classrooms to help children understand the difference between wants and needs and discuss the ways kids can earn money. The classes will have the opportunity to tour two of the credit union's branches.
|Nearly 100 students from Alief Hastings Ninth Grade Center High School, Houston, attended a REAL Solutions Financial Reality Fair sponsored by People's Trust FCU, and the People's Trust Foundation, the Texas Credit Union League said (Lone Star Leaguer April 22). The fair is made available for free to Texas REAL Solutions credit unions as a result of donations from the league, Texas Credit Union Foundation, the Friends of Consumer Freedom and the National Credit Union Foundation. (Photo provided by the Texas Credit Union League)|
National Credit Union Youth Week was created by CUNA so credit unions nationwide could focus on the financial needs of young people and provide financial literacy education. It teaches the benefits of saving and goal setting, and invites youth to open savings accounts at their credit union and make deposits throughout the year.
CUNA also conducts the National Youth Saving Challenge throughout April. The challenge rewards 10 savers with $100 cash prizes.