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THE FUTURE IS YOURS

WESTconsin Celebrates Youth in April

The Future Is Yours: Picture it! Save for it! Share it!

Dreaming of our ideal future delights and inspires us. Children, with their fertile imaginations, are particularly good at dreaming. But to make dreams come true, you need to have clear goals and, very likely, save some money to make them happen. Credit unions can help their members on both counts.

Our theme for Youth Month this April, is “The Future is Yours: Picture it! Save for it! Share it!” We’re encouraging all members, particularly our youngest, to write down their dreams, create vision boards, and encourage each other. These activities will help lay the groundwork for their future success.

Putting your dreams and goals down on paper where you can see them every day actually helps you achieve them! Results revealed that writing down your goals on a regular basis makes you 42% more likely to achieve them than if you don’t record them. They determined that using your imagination (right/creative brain) and writing those plans down (left/logical brain) engages your whole brain, including your subconscious. This makes it easier for you to find and seize opportunities that will help you achieve your goals, as well as keep you motivated.

Visit OUR offices for these fun activities—

April 1–30: Kids who make a deposit into their savings account during Youth Month will receive a cup filled with goodies!

Youth Week | April 15-20

  • Enter to win a Fox Box package
  • Lots of fun activities, coloring pages and tour

Youth Resources

Elementary School

  • Ask your parents to help you open your own savings account at the credit union. Keep track of how much money you put in and take out. That way you can see how close you are to meeting your savings goal.
  • If you're saving up for something special, like a new bike or toy, hang a picture of it on the wall. This will remind you of your savings goal every day until you reach it.

Middle School

  • Ask your parents if you can plan a family event, like a trip to the zoo or an afternoon at a waterpark. List all the things that will cost money—like tickets, food, and souvenirs. Set a budget, and encourage everyone to stick to it when the big day arrives.
  • Make a list of things you want to spend your money on. Put the list in order, starting with the things you want the most. This will help you figure out what you really want to save up for.

High School

  • Consider taking on a part-time job. Earning your own money can help you save for big goals, like car or college expenses.
  • Talk to your parents about opening a checking account at the credit union. Learn how to use a debit card responsibly and track transactions. Those skills will come in handy when you leave home.

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