Financial literacy is a crucial life skill for young people, but it’s one that too few are learning.
That’s why in April, Atomic Credit Union is focusing on helping youth become more financially fit. For the entire month, Atomic will be hosting events that will help local youth strengthen their money skills and pump up their savings.
“Youth fitness has become a national priority, with an emphasis on exercise and proper nutrition,” said Tom Griffiths, President & CEO of Atomic Credit Union. “But with all the hurdles facing young people in the future, historic levels of student debt, we believe financial fitness is just as important.”
The theme of the month-long event is Credit Union Strong. Like all credit unions, Atomic Credit Union is a member-owned, not-for-profit financial cooperative.
“Member education and concern for the community are part of the foundational principles of our business structure,” Griffiths said. “Passing along basic money skills to the next generation so that these kids might have a brighter future embodies both those principles—and that’s what we believe it means to be credit union strong.”
Here are some of the upcoming events that youth members (Age 17 & under) are invited to participate in at Atomic branches:
Coloring Contest – Divided into three age categories (ages 0-4, ages 5-11 and ages 12-17), youth members can pick up a coloring sheet at any Atomic Credit Union branch, including Student-Run Credit Union branches. Prizes will be awarded to a winner in each age category.
Win the Pig Contest – Give the closest guess to how much candy is in the piggy banks at each branch and win both the piggy bank and the candy!
Atomic Savings Challenge – Make a deposit every week during the month of April and receive a prize at the end of the month.
National Youth Savings Challenge – Make a deposit during the month of April and be entered for a chance to win a FitBit courtesy of the Credit Union National Association (CUNA). While youth are encouraged to make a deposit at the credit union, no deposit is required to enter. Parents/guardians giving permission for their youth to enter can submit on a 3”x5” piece of paper the following information to the credit union: name, date, current age. Limit one entry per person. Odds of winning are dependent upon amount of entries.
To learn more about Atomic Credit Union and their mission to help youth become more financially fit, visit them on the web at www.2mycu.com.