MADISON, Wis. (4/1/08)--National Credit Union Youth Week is soon approaching, and credit unions who haven’t already registered for the National Youth Saving Challenge can do so on the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) website. This year’s Youth Week, with the theme of “Got Green? Grow it at Your Credit Union,” will take place April 20-26. “Each year National Credit Union Youth Week gives the movement the opportunity to get young members excited about saving money to reach personal financial goals,” said Phil Heckman, CUNA director of youth programs. “It's the perfect opportunity to kick start the next generation's savings habit.” Credit unions also can sign up for the National Youth Saving Challenge, which is an opportunity for credit unions to invite youth to open new accounts and deposit money. CUNA also will award 10 credit unions $100 each for their youth. Four hundred credit unions have registered, and the credit unions said they expect to see about 74,000 youth deposit $7.4 million during the event. “If kids and teenagers at participating credit unions can break last year's Saving Challenge record of $10 million during the week--well, that wouldn't hurt our argument that credit unions are different, would it?” Heckman added. Credit unions also can sign up for e-News, which will be sent throughout April. The messages provide tips for celebrating Youth Week and setting goals for the saving challenge, and share suggestions from credit unions. Some credit unions, such as Hawaii Community FCU, Kealakekua, have added Youth Week information to their home pages. 1st Financial FCU, St. Charles, Mo., is celebrating Youth Week with coloring and essay contests for youth club members 12 years and younger. The coloring contest winner will receive a $50 savings bond. The essay winner will receive a hand-held game system and have the essay published in the youth club newsletter (CourierNet March 19). Electro Savings CU, St. Louis, is partnering with the Maryland Heights Department of Parks and Recreation during Youth Week to encourage recycling. The credit union will add one cent to youth’s accounts for every two plastic grocery bags brought in. Postal Federal Community CU, Springfield, Mo., also is donating $1 for each youth deposit made during the week to Ozark Greenways, a nonprofit organization that works to preserve the Ozark Mountains. Youth Week promotional materials, such as posters, statement stuffers, clothing and drive-up envelopes, are available. For more information or to register, use the link.