April is youth financial literacy month

Coming April 1-16: contests for kids and teens

April 1-16 don't miss fun activities with online contest submissions — no need to go into a branch. Learning, prizes, gift cards!

  • Coloring contest — New coloring sheet coming in April! Four age categories: 0-4, 5-7, 8-10 and 11-12.

  • Teen workbook drawing — In April, teens can learn the "true" cost of financial choices with Mindful Money Management.

Our fun, online activities help parents have conversations with kids and teens about financial health, saving habits, and thinking about the future. We value year-round fun and effective financial learning for youth, with a special focus in April!


Recap: see 2020 contestants and colorful creations

See the "Out of this world" coloring sheet the kids used.

Asher Hall, Scottie Saver member, age 3, Oregon State Credit Union

2020 winner in the age 0-4 category, Asher Hall, Scottie Saver member age 3 from Albany, is seen above with his Scottie coloring sheet featuring the use of complimentary colors, purple and green. Asher prefers not to be quoted at this time but his work speaks for itself and so does his cheerful smile!

 

Scarlett Monday, Scottie Saver member, age 5, Oregon State Credit Union

2020 winner in the age 5-7 category, Scottie Saver member from Dallas, Scarlett Monday, age 5, is seen above with her coloring creation. Her work depicts deep-space cosmic realities. What has she learned as a member? "I don't know. I'm 5." Great reality check, Scarlett.

 

Liam Sass, Scottie Saver member, age 6, Oregon State Credit Union

2020 competitor Liam Sass, Scottie Saver member age 6 from Corvallis, is seen above with his Scottie coloring sheet, a bold entry in the kid's contest. Liam is an artist and a financial visionary. When asked what he has learned as a member, he states, "I need to save my money." Liam, we couldn't agree more, and thank you for helping educate us on that very important point.

2020 teen contestants learn and win

Teens used the workbook Mindful Money Management available at our teacher-parent resource page to explore how different choices affect their future.

  • Winner: Bailey Bell

    • Question: In what ways did completing this workbook influence your educational goal and future lifestyle choices?

      • Answer: Completing the workbook reassured me that I will be able to have a good life even if I don't splurge on clothes, furniture, or even what I eat. This will definitely give me some peace of mind about my future.

    • How are you planning to use your gift card?

      • Answer: I am planning to buy books or family board games.

  • Winner: Zaley Bennett

    • Question: Which true cost surprised you the most?

      • Answer: The biggest surprise was the true cost of eating out verse cooking your own meals, and how much more time and money it takes to make meals from scratch instead of prepackaged foods.

    • Question: Which peace of mind factor gave you something new to think about?

      • Answer: The transportation one gave me a little to think about because owning a car would be nice but once you factor in the gas and insurance, it becomes a lot more of an investment.

    • Question: In what ways did completing this workbook influence your educational goal and future lifestyle choices?

      • Answer: This workbook definitely influenced how much money I am going to start saving right now instead of trying to live paycheck to paycheck after college. Educationally it also makes sense to take advantage of the Oregon promise and go to a community college for less the first two years.

    • Question: How are you planning to use your gift card?

      • Answer: Purchase equipment for club volleyball to take some of the burden off my parents.

  • Winner: Amber Stewart

    • Question: In what ways did completing this workbook influence your educational goal and future lifestyle choices

      • Answer: It showed that I might not be able to get everything I want right away. I will have to save my money.

    • Question: How are you planning to use your gift card?

      • Answer: I don't quite know what I want yet but I will probably save it till I find something.


Recap: 2019 contestants and coloring sheets

 

Karalee Andry, Scottie Saver member, winner age group 5-7

Karalee, Scottie Saver member from Newport, is seen above with her prize of 200 Scottie bucks. She plans to use her winnings to get lots of fun Scottie store merchandise to go with her dog-paw balloon. Woof! Our members are the best!

 

Ellenor Page image in table

Above, Ellenore, North Albany branch Scottie Club member, proudly displays her winning 2019 Scottie coloring page contest entry.

  • Her work features: 1) Scottie sporting a collar with beautiful red and black checked pattern 2) High contrast blue outlining and 3) Colored lettering to match her overall theme. Clearly, this young member has vision!

Youth saving accounts give kids hands-on saving experience

 

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