Monday, March 17, 2008

Youth Week theme chosen: 'Got Green? Grow It at Your CU'

MADISON, Wis. (9/7/07)--The Credit Union National Association's (CUNA) 2008 National Credit Union Youth Week theme has been chosen, and it will concentrate on going and saving the "green."

This year's theme, "Got Green? Grow It at Your CU" was selected from ideas sent by staff of more than 50 credit unions. "Got Green" is a variation of "Save the Green," a theme suggested by Jennifer Millar from Desert Energy CU in Tucson, Ariz., in 2006.

The themes were voted on by nearly 500 credit union staff members. The top themes were then presented to 26 youth, who chose "Got Green" as their favorite.

Youth Week 2008 is scheduled to take place April 20 to April 26, with Earth Day falling on April 22. Because Earth Day will take place during Youth Week, participants will be encouraged to build good savings habits and change current habits to protect the environment. Small, simple changes will be highlighted, according to Joanne Sepich, National Youth Week coordinator at CUNA.

Tips to be offered include:

Replacing an incandescent light bulb when it burns out with a compact fluorescent light bulb;

Biking or walking instead of riding in a car;

Donating a used toy instead of throwing it away;

Putting the computer monitor to "sleep" when not in use; and

Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods.

Along with National Credit Union Youth Week is the National Youth Saving Challenge, which provides credit unions an opportunity to bring youth to the credit union to open new accounts or make deposits in existing ones.

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