Teri Williams

Teri Williams, president, OneUnited Bank 

For National Financial Literacy Month, OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest Black-owned bank, presents its ninth annual “I Got Bank” financial literacy contest, where 10 children will win a $1,000 savings account.

The contest represents the best essays and art projects that embody the “I Got Bank” theme.

Students from across the country between the ages of 8 and 12 years of age 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 29. OneUnited will choose 10 winners and award each winner a $1,000 savings account at OneUnited Bank by Aug. 31. For more information visit www.oneunited.com/book.

Teri Williams, OneUnited Bank president and author of “I Got Bank! What My Granddad Taught Me About Money” 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 through the #BankBlack and #BuyBlack movement. In 2019, we are celebrating the ‘Kings’ and ‘Queens’ in our community who are focusing on our treasure,” said Williams.

The 2018 winners were Dontaye Ball Jr., 11, San Francisco, Ziontaye Ball, 11, San Francisco, Evan Corgain, 10, Brockton, Mass., Jaedin Feaster, 8, Roxbury, Mass., Layla Gaston, 8, Havre de Grace, Md., Ryder Noell, 11, Stuttgart, Ark., Aaliyah Omitogun, 12, Suitland, Md., Michelle Oppong, 9, Los Angeles, Obi Owusu-Bonsu, 12, Los Angeles and Cierra Yoakum, 10, Los Angeles.

“I Got Bank!” is published by The Beckham Publications Group, Inc. For more information about the official contest rules, visit: www.oneunited.com/book.

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