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Redwood Credit Union Celebrates Credit Union Youth Month

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Redwood Credit Union Celebrates Credit Union Youth Month

RCU promotes financial education, hosts contests for youth at all local branches

Throughout the month of April, Redwood Credit Union (RCU) is celebrating National Credit Union Youth Month with two contests for youth. Both contests promote this year’s theme, Pump up the Savings, which encourages children and teenagers to develop good saving habits.

Members age 12 and under are invited to enter the Pump up the Savings coloring contest. Coloring sheets may be picked up at any of RCU’s branches or downloaded online at www.redwoodcu.org/youthmonth. One winner will be chosen from each of RCU’s 16 branches and will receive a $25 deposit in their savings account.

Members age 13-17 are invited to enter a 150-word essay contest by writing about a financial goal they are working towards or have already achieved. One winner will be chosen from each RCU branch and will receive a $50 deposit in their savings account. One grand prize winner will also have their entry published in RCU’s quarterly Jr. Partner teen newsletter.

“Through our youth account programs, and the many educational resources and events we offer, such as our teen Bite of Reality fairs, we believe introducing kids to basic money management concepts early helps them develop money skills that will benefit them throughout their lives,” says Robin McKenzie, Senior Vice President at Redwood Credit Union. 

As part of RCU’s ongoing effort to help children and teens develop healthy financial habits, RCU recommends that parents help kids implement a “save, spend, share” approach:

Save - Set a savings goal: Teach kids the significance of saving money by having them set a specific savings goal and track their progress through a chart or savings journal.

Spend – Determine wants vs. needs: Remind kids to ask themselves before they spend, “Is this something I want or something I need?” This helps them to thoughtful spending habits.

Share - Donate money to a cause: Encouraging charitable giving demonstrates the value of helping others.

Savings tips for kids and teens are also available through RCU’s Googolplex web portal, which features stories, interactive games, videos, and other content designed to help kids and teens learn smart money habits. The site is available by visiting redwoodcu.org/youth and clicking the Googolplex link.

For more information about Youth Month, including contest submission guidelines, visit www.redwoodcu.org/youthmonth. To learn more about RCU’s youth account savings programs, visit www.redwoodcu.org/youth.