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Credit Union News: 1st Financial Federal, CSD, Mid American & Vantage Credit Unions

Many Kansas and Missouri credit unions encourage people of all ages to follow their dreams and support them in bettering their financial knowledge. Check out how 1st Financial Federal Credit Union, CSD Credit Union, Mid American Credit Union and Vantage Credit Union empowered members of their communities.  

1st Financial's Write to Dream Contest Empowers Local Youth

1st Financial Federal Credit Union (Wentzville, MO) awarded their quarterly $500 community grant to member, VaNetta Clark, to support her efforts of strengthening the community through education. She not only impacts her students' lives daily in the classroom, but also facilitates the Write to Dream contest, a bi-annual contest open to all of the students at Aspire Academy.

“We love what Ms. Clark is doing in our community,” said Tracy Verner, Community Development manager at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. “She allows students to dream, to be creative, and to learn in her classroom. Together, we are empowering kids to learn, to write and, above all else, to dream big.”

Of the entries submitted, Ms. Clark and a panel pick 25 students. Ms. Clark treats them to a dream day outing including lunch at an exquisite restaurant and a ride in a limousine. While out, they talk to the students about their future dreams.

“The Write to Dream contest is designed to teach youth how to dream beyond their immediate surrounding," said Ms. Clark. "In addition, the program is a call-to-action for those invested in the success of our youth and the individuals willing to look beyond the current state of our city into greater possibility and to recognize our ability to create the outcome we desire.”

What's Your Dream? contest winners, Ashley Arthur (left) and Kylie Hicks, pose with their new computers.

CSD Credit Union Announces Two Winners in Its What's Your Dream? Contest

Kylie Hicks and Ashley Arthur were each awarded $500 towards the purchase of a new computer for having the two winning entries in CSD Credit Union’s (Kansas City, MO) What’s Your Dream? Contest. 

In order to qualify, each contestant (ages 13-18) submitted an online entry explaining his/her dream for the future. Kylie’s entry described her dream of becoming a Bio-Medical Engineer. She is a freshman at Grandview High School and is currently in a Project Lead the Way class. Ashley’s entry focused on her dream of becoming a Veterinarian. Ashley is a senior at Grandview High School.

When it was time to shop for their new computers, both girls were accompanied by their mothers and CSD Credit Union’s Marketing Director, Glenda Collins.

CSD Credit Union congratulates Kylie and Ashley on a job well done and wishes them well in their future endeavors.

Mid American helps kids with money basics.

Mid American Credit Union Helps Students Learn Money Basics

Mid American Credit Union (Wichita, KS) believes it's important to teach financial literacy early on. Thanks to their partnership with Junior Achievement, Mid American brought the gift of knowledge to students at Dodge Literacy Magnet School.

The kiddos played a game that reinforced basic concepts of money management - like making deposits and withdrawals. The students learned how to use a register in this game as well.

Vantage Credit Union Announces 2016 Ready to Launch Entrepreneurial Contest Winner

Vantage Credit Union (Bridgeton, MO) announced its Ready to Launch Entrepreneurial winner, Lorenzo Parks, at a party in his honor at TRex – St. Louis. Parks received a $1,000 cash prize and a business prize pack from Vantage, along with over five hours of mentorship from local partners, co-working space, and a membership to local chambers of commerce.

“Lorenzo and Michael are young entrepreneurs who have the knowledge, skill set, work ethic and passion to take their company to the next level and beyond,” commented Kenneth DeShields, social media specialist for Vantage Credit Union. “We’re excited for them and will be cheering them on their journey."

PreVue, the company Parks and Michael Kelly are developing, stemmed from watching Periscope and actively using eCommerce activities to make money while still in college.

"My dad is a used car salesmen and I wanted to give people in the marketplace an opportunity to view a product through a 360° live video experience before making a purchase," said PreVue. "Winning this prize will help us get closer to our goal.”

To participate in the contest, applicants completed an online entry form, with a link to a current or recent crowd-funding project or an existing business website, and created a video demonstrating their vision for their business and explaining why they thought they should win the contest.