As part of this year’s Money Smart Week, three area youth were honored for their essay responses regarding financial health. Winners were awarded cash prizes from Vantage Credit Union, COUNTRY Financial and the Metropolitan St. Louis CRA Association.
Vantage Credit Union takes financial education seriously. As one of the members of the Greater St. Louis Financial Education Collaborative, the organization responsible for Money Smart Week, Vantage supports the organization’s mission of increasing information and access to financial education and asset building opportunities throughout the region.
“We’re incredibly proud of these youth for understanding at such an early age the importance of financial education and its impact on long-term financial success,” said Eric Acree, President & CEO of Vantage Credit Union. “At Vantage, we make financial success our mission and place a priority on demonstrating that through a variety of free educational programs and resources we share with members and throughout the communities we serve.”
Winners were judged on their response to the question, “Do you think there is a connection between financial health and physical health? And, what can a city, state or national policymaker do to help promote financially healthier citizens?”
- 1st place – Sandra Garcia Lopez, 8th grader from Triad Middle School
- 2nd place – Caroline Black, 7th grader from Fort Zumwalt North Middle School
- 3rd place – Josiah Olden, 8th grader from Pontiac Junior High
Money Smart Week, held annually across the country, aims to increase financial literacy about how to spend, borrow and save money. Money Smart Week features free classes, seminars and kids’ activities covering topics such as budgeting, managing your credit, protecting yourself from identity theft and planning for retirement.
Congratulations to this year’s essay winners!
Josiah Olden, 3rd place winner, holding his award check.