Springboard Announces Winners of Annual Youth Poster Contest

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Students from Southern California’s Inland Empire take first place in contest combining creativity with lessons in basic financial concepts.

Photo of contest winners, judges, and Springboard President & CEO

Poster contest winners Connie Venable, Keonté Tarver and Jose Castro received a trophy and other prizes from Springboard. They are pictured along with (l to r) Springboard Education Manager Sheri Stuart; community partners and contest judges Karen Chambers, David Hahn and Caasi Algazi; Springboard President & CEO Todd Emerson; Marcelino Serna, A. Majadi and Springboard Senior Vice President Melinda Opperman.

Research indicates that most adults who are successful in managing their money were introduced to financial concepts at an early age.

Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc., (Springboard) is pleased to announce the winners of its annual youth poster contest. This is the seventh year that Springboard has sponsored the contest, which provides area students an opportunity to express their creativity while gaining an understanding of important financial concepts. The contest is open to all students in 3rd through 12th grade attending schools in Riverside and San Bernardino County. A new contest theme is chosen each year by Springboard’s team of financial educators who travel throughout the region presenting financial literacy workshops to youth and adults. This year’s contest theme was “To Improve My Financial Life, I Will ...” The posters were judged on expression of theme, artwork, style, content and overall creativity.

“We look forward every year to working with students and teachers on this important learning exercise,” said Melinda Opperman, Springboard’s senior vice president. “Research indicates that most adults who are successful in managing their money were introduced to financial concepts at an early age,” said Opperman.

The poster contest has become a highly anticipated, signature event for the organization. Springboard has received hundreds of entries from area students since the first contest was held in 2006. The purpose of the contest is to introduce young people to the concept of financial literacy, and allow them to express their understanding of it through art. A panel of esteemed community stakeholders from various sectors, including financial institutions, the K-12 school system, and nonprofit organizations select one winner from each of the three grade specific categories. Springboard also recognizes one standout entry as its Chairman’s Award winner.

The winners of Springboard’s 2013 Youth Financial Literacy Poster Contest winners were recognized at a luncheon held in their honor at the Historic Mission Inn in Riverside. Each winner was presented a trophy, certificate of achievement and a check for $200 from Springboard.

Springboard congratulates this year’s poster contest winners:

12th grade student Vanessa Perez of Silverado High School, Victorville
6th grade student Keonté Tarver of Excel Prep Charter School, Moreno Valley
4th grade student Connie Venable of Excel Prep Charter School, Moreno Valley

Twelfth grade student Jose Castro of Redlands East Valley High School is the recipient of the Chairman’s Award.

The winning entries may be viewed in Springboard’s photo gallery.

Serving the community this year as Springboard’s Youth Financial Literacy Poster Contest distinguished panel of judges are:

Karen Chambers, JP Morgan Chase
Marcelino Serna, San Bernardino City Unified School District
Caasi Algazi, United Way of the Inland Valleys

“We’re extremely proud of all the students who participated in this year’s contest. We applaud them for their commitment to academic excellence. We appreciate our judges and thank them for all their support of financial education,” said Opperman.    

About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management, Inc. (“Springboard”) is an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is an approved housing counseling regional intermediary by the U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development, and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation signifying the highest standards in the industry for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. In addition, Springboard is a member of both national industry associations; the National Foundation for Credit Counseling and the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. Springboard offers personal financial education and confidential counseling in foreclosure prevention, rent, reverse mortgage, pre-bankruptcy and debtor education, and debt and money management. Springboard provides telephone counseling services nationwide, and maintains offices in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina and Massachusetts for in-person sessions. Not all types of counseling are available at all locations. For more information on Springboard, please visit their web site at http://www.springboard.org or call 800.449.9818.

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