The American Bankers Association Education Foundation said that with the help of Rabobank it has launched a video contest to get teens talking about saving money.
“The Lights, Camera, Save! contest will allow teens to role play and record their thoughts regarding the value of saving money,” explained Ed Rocha, regional president, in a news release “It’s a way to get kids thinking about saving and its impact.”
The video contest is one of several components of the ABA Education Foundation’s Teach Children to Save program. This component is a competition that encourages youth to use video to communicate the value of saving and inspire others to become lifelong savers, the organizations said in the release.
"The contest is meant to be fun and exciting but when all is said and done, we hope teens will take action and live this message, ‘Start young, save more,’” Rocha added.
To participate, students ages 13-16 can stop by their nearest Rabobank branch or visit www.rabobankamerica.com/contest for an entry form and contest details. Rabobank will host the first round of local level judging and will submit one winning video to compete on the national level for a chance at a $3,000, $1,500 and $500 in U.S. Savings Bonds and an iPod Touch.
The Teach Children to Save program is a national campaign that organizes banker volunteers to educate young people about the importance of developing a lifelong savings habit. Since 1997, the campaign has reached 3.4 million young people with the help of some 80,000 banker volunteers, an annual awareness day, "Teach Children to Save Day," and the Teach Children to Save website: www.teachchildrentosave.com.
Rabobank, N.A. is a California community bank that provides personalized service and a full array of products to individuals, businesses and agricultural clients. With 120 retail branches (including two in Merced), the bank said it has branches and offices from Redding to the Imperial Valley through a regional structure. For more information, www.rabobankamerica.com