Calling kids and teens: Your money-saving photos or videos could win prizes in two new nationwide contests announced this week. Here are details:
"Lights, Camera, Save!" is a video contest for teens ages 13-18, sponsored by the American Bankers Association and participating banks. Teens can submit rap songs, puppet shows, parodies or other 90-second videos that illustrate the importance of savings or using money wisely.
Three national winners will get $3,000, $1,500 or $500 toward their savings goals, with similar matching gifts to their schools. The winning videos will be posted on YouTube as part of a national savings campaign.
For entries, teens can contact their local participating bank; in the Sacramento area, that's U.S. Bank or Golden Pacific Bank. Entries can be submitted Nov. 1-30.
"Save Out Loud" is a photo/video contest for K-12 students, sponsored by the U.S. Treasury Department. Kids, teens and classroom teams are invited to submit a 90-second personal video or a 250-word photo essay that shares their personal savings story.
"Whether they're saving for a baseball glove, a first car or a college education, students of all ages have a reason to save," said U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios, in a statement. "I encourage teachers, parents and kids everywhere to capture and submit these savings stories as part of our nationwide challenge."
The four overall winners, judged by a panel of financial experts, will each receive a "virtual classroom visit" from Treasurer Rios. In addition, four winners of online popular votes will receive U.S. Treasury commemorative items.
Winning videos will appear on the Treasury's "Ready.Save.Grow" website.
Entries can be submitted on Facebook through Nov. 25; Winners will be announced in December.