One of the national banking trade groups is sponsoring a nationwide contest called, Lights, Camera, Save. The contest solicits brief videos from high-school aged youth in which they communicate the value of sound money management; the value of saving money. Entries are judged by a panel of film and financial experts and the final 8 videos are screened at a national banking convention and the 1,800 bankers attending the convention then vote to select the ultimate winner. The prize is a scholarship, to help cover the cost of post-secondary education for the winning entrant.
I was at the convention last year when the 8 finalist’s videos were shown. They were impressively done – solid production values, good scripts, well-acted – and all got the message across in a manner appropriate to the young people we are trying to reach. We have reached out to the local high schools and hope that a few entries will come from the communities we serve. I will again be attending the convention this winter and look forward to seeing what this year’s entries look like. It is so important that our youth learn good money management habits and this contest is one more way we can help get information out to them.