Open their savings account to get started – And for the chance to win $500

Good saving habits start early and last a lifetime. To help with that, we have three youth accounts – our Sandy Saver Account, Student Checking, and College Saver CD. If you open any one of these accounts during the month of April, your child will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win $500.

Free Gift When They Open Their Account

Treasure Chest In addition to being entered to win $500, our youngest new members will also receive a special gift upon opening their account. New members age 12 and younger will receive a prize from our treasure box, and teens age 13 – 17 will receive a complimentary $5 Starbucks gift card.

Don’t wait! This offer expires April 30, 2022. Select the account you would like to open for your child below and complete the online application to get started.

free teaching resources
Youth Month is all about teaching kids how to save money, spend responsibly, and budget for the future. Since all students are learning from home right now, we’ve provided some free resources for you to teach your kids all about financial literacy.

Show us your kids learning about money!

Post a photo or video of your kids learning about money using the tools below and tag the credit union on social media. If we share your picture, we’ll send you a $5 Starbucks e-gift card.

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Elementary (K-5)

Elementary School: The Basics

It’s never too early to foster financial literacy in children. Elementary school is a great place to teach children the basics of exchanging money for goods and services. Teaching elementary age school children about money can be fun. Many educators incorporate games into lesson plans about money. This leads to open discussions and demonstrations about saving, spending and sharing money.

Earning & Spending Money – These activities for the very young include simple but important lessons like recognizing different coins and understanding what they’re worth.

Coins For Money – Download this free game for your students to learn how to recognize and count money $1 and under.

Money Booklets – Download these free printout booklets to introduce and review coins with your students.

Bank It! – Use this game to teach your students how to add and how probability works.

Peter Pig’s Money Counter – In this interactive game, kids practice identifying, counting and saving money while learning fun facts about U.S. currency.

Middle School (6-8)

Middle School: Money Management

As children move into middle school, they are more familiar with the concept of money management. It is time to begin molding and shaping their perception of money and responsible financial management. As youngsters become more independent in middle school, they are ready to learn how to apply some of the concepts they have learned about money. This is a good time for them to learn about banking and balancing a checkbook.

Writing Checks – Use these check print outs to teach your students how to write a check.

Financial Football – Give your brain a Financial Football workout — play the NFL-themed video game developed by Visa.

Financial Soccer – Put your financial skills to the test with Visa’s World Cup-themed Financial Soccer, a multiple choice question video game. Are you ready to play?

Money Metropolis – Navigate Money Metropolis’ multi-dimensional world while making life decisions that will affect whether virtual bank accounts shrink or grow.

High School (9-12)

High School: Real-World Lessons

High school students are preparing to embark on real-world journeys, financial and otherwise. They are starting to make choices that will affect their future, and it is critical to instill responsible money management skills. With more advanced lessons on budgeting and bill paying, high school students have a better chance of becoming financially independent.

Balancing a Checkbook – Many high school students will soon start working their first jobs, so it is important for them to learn the difference between gross and net pay. They are learning to drive and preparing for college as they move closer to independence. It is a good time for them to practice budgeting successfully with take-home pay through classroom activities that can be reinforced at home.

Making a Budget – Information provided on topics such as: What is a budget? Why do I want a budget? How do I start a budget? How do I make a budget? How do I use a budget?

How to Read a Credit Report – Teach your students what a credit score is and how they can make sure that theirs is a good one.

Disclosure: All GCEFCU youth accounts opened between April 1, 2022 – April 30, 2022 will be entered into a drawing to win $500. The $500 prize will be awarded in the form of a College Saver CD. If the child does not currently have a GCEFCU College Saver CD, one will be opened for them with the $500 deposit. Child must meet GCEFCU eligibility requirements and be 17 years old or younger as of April 30, 2022. Winner will be randomly drawn on May 4, 2022. Free gifts will be mailed within 8-10 business days of account opening, or in person for those applicable, while supplies last.

Photos and videos posted must be made public so that the credit union can view them. By tagging GCEFCU in your photo or video, you are granting the credit union permission to share your picture and story. If the credit union shares your picture and/or video to any of GCEFCU’s corporate social media accounts, we will give you a $5 Starbucks e-gift card via email. Tagging the credit union in a photo does not automatically qualify you for a gift card.