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Credit Union Youth Week: NerdWallet’s Favorite Celebrations

CU Youth Week

by on April 8, 2013

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Credit Union Youth Week is April 21st – 27th, 2013. This year, credit unions nationwide are encouraging their youngest members to solve the mystery of saving by becoming a Savings Sleuth. If you’ve been meaning to open a savings account for your kids, there’s no better time to visit a participating credit union. Your kids can participate in fun, detective-themed Youth Week celebrations that might include prize drawings, free piggy bank giveaways, coloring contests, kid-friendly financial literacy games, and more. Sign your child up for the Credit Union National Association’s Savings Challenge, and they could even win $100. Being a big saver has never been more fun.

Credit unions have Youth Week spirit

Every credit union that participates in Youth Week promises a fun time for kids and teens alike, and a chance to win big in the Savings Challenge. However, we recently learned about credit unions that are going above and beyond to celebrate Youth Week with their own unique activities. Whether it’s a bowling party, a “guess the famous mustache” competition, or a musical iTunes gift card giveaway, we applaud these credit unions for embracing the Youth Week spirit and setting a fabulous example for all credit unions nationwide. We hope these awesome events inspire you to check out your neighborhood credit union during Youth Week!

Most Fiscally “Fit”: Pen Air Federal Credit Union (Pensacola, FL)

Pen Air Federal Credit Union encourages their youngest savers to stay “Young & Fit” during credit union youth week. Bring your Penny Savers (kids 11 and younger) to the Robertsdale or Nine Mile branch on Tuesday, April 23rd to participate in Money Moves!, a savings game with music, movement and, of course, money! Teens and tweens can stop by later in the evening for Jump into Savings!, an interactive presentation about saving, budgeting and credit union benefits. Pen Air Federal Credit Union has branches in select areas of Alabama and Florida. Membership is open to active or retired military members and their families, but there are many other ways to qualify, too. See their membership page for complete details.

Best Ongoing Bonus: Frontier Community Credit Union (Leavenworth, KS)

The Savings Challenge won’t last forever, but when your child joins the Kids’ Club at Frontier Community Credit Union, they’ll have a chance to win big every quarter with a $50 prize drawing! All your child (12 and under) needs to do is make a $5 deposit in their existing account, and they’ll automatically be entered to win. Kids’ Club members will have yet another chance to claim a special prize on their birthday, too. Frontier Community Credit Union has branches in Leavenworth and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Leavenworth County, Kansas, and eligible surrounding counties. There are many other ways to qualify for membership. Please see their About Us page for complete details.

Most Mustache-y: Hudson River Community Credit Union (Corinth, NY)

What do Hercule Poirot and Inspector Clouseau have in common? They’re both famous detectives, of course, but they also have marvelous mustaches! Hudson River Community Credit Union is celebrating all-things mustache with a mustache identification contest throughout the entire month of April. Visit their website or stop by in person for game sheets. Your child will have $5 deposited into their savings account for each worksheet they complete. There’s never been a better time to ’stache your cash in a credit union. Hudson River Community Credit Union’s main branch in located in Corinth, New York. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or owns a business in an eligible county.

Most Quizzical: Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union (Battle Creek, MI)

Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union will help make saving exciting this year with their teen-friendly financial literacy quiz. Teens 12 – 17 can stop by a branch to participate and possibly win $20. It always pays to save, but it never hurts to have a little extra incentive! Mix that with real-world financial literacy, and everyone wins. Kellogg Community Federal Credit Union has branches in Battle Creek, Galesburg, Marshall, Portage, Kalamazoo and Three Rivers, Michigan. Membership is open to all residents and businesses located in Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph or Van Buren counties in Michigan.

Best Bowlers: Fulda Area Credit Union (Fulda, MN)

Fulda Area Credit Union wants your kids to score big at a local branch and at the bowling alley! If you live nearby, join them at Oxford Bowl for to win door prizes and possibly a bowling trophy. The first 150 attendants receive a free goody bag. Plus, you’ll receive a tasty treat for turning in your completed Collect the Clues packet (available online). Fulda Area Credit Union has branches in Fulda, Windom and Worthington, Minnesota. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Noble, Murray, Jackson or Cottonwood counties, Minnesota.

Most Musical: Heritage Community Credit Union (Rancho Cordova, CA)

Heritage Community Credit Union gives teens ages 13 – 17 plenty to sing about during Credit Union Youth Week. Stop by a branch to open a new teen checking account, and you’ll get a free $10 iTunes gift card. Kids 12 and under have plenty to celebrate too, of course. When they open a Junior Savers Club account, they’ll get a special piggy bank with a $5 bill inside. Heritage Community Credit Union has branches in Folsom, Fair Oaks and Rancho Cordova, California. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Sacramento or Placer counties.

Best for Super Savers: Central Communications Credit Union (Kansas City, MO)

In addition to games, prizes, snacks and beverages, Central Communications Credit Union is offering something extraordinary during Credit Union Youth Week: a 4.00% APY year-long certificate of deposit! That’s practically unheard of these days, but it’s a great way for kids and teens 17 and under to save long-term. Central Communications Credit Union has branches in Kansas City and Independence, Missouri. Membership is open to anyone who lives or works in Jackson or Clay counties, or the following U.S. zip codes: 64150 and 64151.

Most Poetic: Valley Communities Credit Union (Mosinee, WI)

“Put your cash in a savings account, and soon you’ll have a large amount.” Does your child think they can write a better money poem? Let them prove it next week at the Valley Communities Credit Union poetry contest! They’re celebrating Youth Week for the whole month of April, so you still have plenty of time to find your inner Shakespeare before submitting. Valley Communities Credit Union has branches in Kronenwetter, Mosinee, Marshfield, Stevens Point, Wausau and Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works or owns property in Adams, Clark, Juneau, Lincoln, Marathon, Portage, Shawano, Waupaca, Waushara or Wood counties.

Best Double Bonus: Directions Credit Union (Sylvania, OH)

What’s better than a chance to win $100? How about a chance to do it again? When your young saver opens an account at Directions Credit Union during Youth Week, they’ll have a chance to win $100. That’s in addition to the $100 they could win by participating in the Youth Week Savings Challenge. Even if your child doesn’t win, they’ll always earn a small prize from a treasure chest when they make a deposit in their MyLife Savings account. Directions Credit Union has branches in the Toledo area and Central Ohio. Membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school or volunteers in Wood, Fulton, Lucas, Ashland, Huron, Crawford, Knox, Richland, Wayne or Tuscarawas counties.

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