Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management Announces Youth Poster Contest Promoting Financial Literacy

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Students to Combine Creativity with Important Lessons in Money Management

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Springboard understands that an early start to financial education is fundamental to raising money wise children.

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (Springboard) is pleased to announce its annual youth poster contest combining creativity with important lessons in money management. Students enrolled in public and private schools in Riverside and San Bernardino counties are eligible and encouraged to participate. Springboard’s youth poster contest is a highly anticipated event that parents, educators and students from around the region look forward to participating in every year.    

“The poster contest offers an excellent opportunity to get young students thinking about how to manage money effectively and provides them a creative outlet to demonstrate their knowledge,” said Melinda Opperman, executive vice president of Springboard. “This is a wonderful opportunity that provides a positive lesson for students of all ages,” said Opperman.

A panel of distinguished community stakeholders, including financial sector executives, educators, and regional media will choose from the poster entries Springboard receives best conveying the contest theme, “The Roadmap to Financial Freedom Begins with…” Posters are judged on expression of theme, artwork, style, content and overall creativity. Students will be judged in three grade-specific categories: Elementary (3rd – 5th grade), Middle (6th – 8th grade), and High (9th – 12th grade). Additionally, Springboard will recognize one Chairman’s Choice winner. The winning students will receive a $200 savings bond from Springboard. The winning entries will be announced in April, which is recognized as National Financial Literacy month.

The annual contest offers an excellent opportunity to work with and educate teachers, students and parents on the importance of wise money management. For students, it is a wonderful opportunity to express their creativity along with their knowledge and understanding of money management that will follow them through adulthood.

“Springboard understands that an early start to financial education is fundamental to raising money wise children,” said Opperman.

The contest guidelines and entry form may be downloaded from Springboard’s website at http://www.credit.org/about/Press/releases/269.html. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 10, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. Questions regarding the youth poster contest may be directed to Springboard’s education team at 800.449.9818, ext. 7820. The winning students will be recognized at an awards luncheon in April.    

Springboard supports financial literacy year-round by offering free public workshops dealing with topics such as budgeting, money management and the wise use of credit. Throughout the nation, Springboard offers assistance with money and credit management through educational programs and confidential credit counseling. Springboard also offers interactive financial tools on their website, http://www.credit.org to assist consumers in managing their money, developing a spending plan, and setting financial goals.

About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800-449-9818 or visit their web site at http://www.credit.org.

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