Ten Middle School Age Children Are Eligible to Win $1,000 for Essays or Art!

Boston, MA – February 26, 2018 – OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank, is proud to announce its 8th Annual “I Got Bank!” Financial Literacy Contest where ten children will win a $1,000 savings account. The contest includes the best essays and the best art projects that represent the “I Got Bank!” theme. OneUnited Bank partners with BMe Community to celebrate #IAmBlackGenius and #MakeBlackHistory Now by showcasing financial literacy.

Students from across the country between the ages of 8 and 12 are encouraged to read a financial literacy book of their choosing, and either write a 250-word essay or create an art project to show how they would apply what they learned from the book to their daily lives. Submissions must be emailed or postmarked by June 15, 2018. The Bank will choose ten winners and award a $1,000 OneUnited Bank savings account by August 31, 2018. For more information, please visit: www.oneunited.com/book.

Teri Williams, OneUnited Bank President and author of “I Got Bank!” wrote the book when she found that there weren’t any books geared toward educating urban youth about finances. “We’ve seen our financial literacy efforts increase awareness of the $1.2 trillion we spend annually through the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement. We are very excited to partner again with BMe Community to expand financial literacy to youth!” said Williams.

“OneUnited and BMe Community are committed to building on the strengths of our communities,” said Trabian Shorters, CEO of BMe Community. “That includes our children and the over 200 dedicated black men we call ‘BMe Community Geniuses’ whose businesses and charitable organizations fuel our ‘asset-framed’ movement for prosperous communities.” Learn more at www.bmecommunity.org.

2017 winners were: Sulaiman Barrow, 12, Michigan, Christian Chandler, 9, New York, Stacy Gonzalez, 12, California, Kirshauna Harvey, 12, Mississippi, Riley Johnson, 8, California, Kennedi Moss, 10, Ohio, Tahira Muhammad, 12, Massachusetts, Camarria Saunders, 11, Florida, Sharday Sypher, 10, Florida and Corday Yoakum, 8, California.

“I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money” is published by The Beckham Publications Group, Inc. (Beckhamhouse). For more information about the official contest rules, please visit: www.oneunited.com/book.

Media Contact: Suzan McDowell, Circle of One Marketing, suzan@circleofonemarketing.com, or 305-576-3790

About OneUnited Bank
OneUnited Bank is the premier bank for urban communities, the largest Black-owned bank, the first Black internet bank and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI). Its mission is to provide affordable financial services to support economic development in urban communities and maintain superior financial performance to maximize shareholder value. OneUnited is an FDIC insured bank and an equal housing lender.

About BMe Community
BMe Community is an award-winning network of influential leaders inspired by black men to treat people as assets and then grow the assets of those people. Sign up in advance for online events and activities at www.BMeCommunity.org.


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