Local banks sponsor teen competition
WASHINGTON — Banks nationwide are now accepting entries as a part of the American Bankers Association Foundation’s annual Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. Lights, Camera, Save! is a national contest that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of sound money management.
Through Lights, Camera, Save!, teen participants will create a 90-second video that demonstrates the importance of using money wisely and submit the video to their local contest at a participating bank. Banks will be accepting entries through Dec. 1. [View the list of participating banks].
Registered banks will host the first round of judging and select a winning student to compete on the national level for several awards, including a grand prize of $5,000, plus a scholarship for a teacher at their school to attend the 2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Last year, banks hosted 114 contests in 44 states. [View the 2015-2016 winning videos]
“By leveraging their creativity and film production skills, students participating in Lights, Camera, Save! have a chance not only at national recognition and a $5,000 grand prize, but also to share valuable savings lessons with their peers,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “It’s a great way to build a generation of smart money managers.”
For the second year in a row, Lights, Camera, Save! is sponsored by Discover® Debit, a debit card program offered to banks by Discover Financial Services. Discover’s support funds the prizes for winning students and scholarships for teachers to attend the financial education-focused Jump$tart Conference.
“Discover Debit is committed to providing financial education to students across the country,” said Steve Sievert, vice president of debit marketing at Discover. “We support Lights, Camera, Save! because it encourages teens to think critically about saving and gives them a head start in understanding the keys to a successful financial future.”
Students interested in Lights, Camera Save! can learn more about the contest, as well as find a local participating bank at lightscamerasave.com. Bankers interested in participating in the contest can still sign up online at aba.com/lightscamerasave.
Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education initiatives have reached over 7.6 million young people with the help of more than 225,000 banker volunteers.