Earlier this year, Verity set up new kids accounts – with a different account for elementary, junior high and high school aged kids. Our accounts are pretty fantastic – they offer an annual activity reimbursement of $20, $30 or $40 respectively. That means, if you sign up your kid for an account at age 2 and do a mommy and me swim class, and then continue applying for the reimbursements, you will get back $20 in the first year through age 10 (20 x 9 = $180) and $30 each year for 11, 12 and 13 (30 x 3 = $90) and $40 per year for 14, 15, 16 and 17 (40 x 4 = $160). That is a total of $430 back to you and/or your kid just for having a savings account (and checking with a debit card when they turn 14 if you want). This benefit is great because it pays more than probably any interest rate or other perk – just for your kids doing the activities they want to do anyway!

In addition to this awesome perk – the interactive websites we have for each age group provide opportunities for kids to be independent and earn some of their own income if they want. Each of the sites has its own blog, which is supplied by articles from kids in the age group across the country and your kid could be one of them! They can submit an application and be a paid blogger for 5Spot (age 0-10), AJ’s (age 11-13) or C-Note (age 14-17).

And, C-Note has just announced that they are putting on a new photo contest where the kids enter their photos for a chance to win $100. The photo contest goes on all the time with different themes and chances to win – and there is a grand prize of $1,000 for the photo contest, too. That’s a lot of money to a teen! The first theme of the 2013 contest season is Drive-Thru Windows and the deadline to post entries is midnight on January 10, 2013. You are not required to have a youth account with Verity to participate in the happenings on the website, but we would love it if you did open a youth account. With benefits like the activity reimbursement, why would you get an account anywhere else?

I hope that a Verity kid enters the photo contest and wins it this time around!

Melina Young

My name is Melina Young and I am the director of marketing at Verity Credit Union. I love everything to do with marketing, advertising, public relations and social media – especially all the research that goes into making a product or service really work for our members and making sure the right people hear about it. In addition to my time spent marketing, I have a blog and write about celiac disease, which I was diagnosed with in 2010. Basically, I can’t eat any of those foods we all love that are made with wheat, barley or rye.

I have also recently started running and completed my first 5k in 2011. Some people may not know that I used to do a lot of acting, dancing and singing in my life. I was in a Nike commercial with Gary Payton in junior high (if anyone ever finds the footage please send it my way!) and I used to compete as an opera singer in high school. I almost majored in musical theater in college, but I’m very glad with my decision to study marketing!

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