For Immediate Release
October 7, 2016
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Banks Accepting Entries for ABA Foundation’s Lights, Camera, Save! Video Contest

Local banks sponsor teen competition

WASHINGTON — Banks nationwide are now accepting entries as a part of the American Bankers Association Foundation’s annual Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. Lights, Camera, Save! is a national contest that encourages teens to use video to communicate the value of sound money management.

Through Lights, Camera, Save!, teen participants will create a 90-second video that demonstrates the importance of using money wisely and submit the video to their local contest at a participating bank. Banks will be accepting entries through Dec. 1. [View the list of participating banks]. 

Registered banks will host the first round of judging and select a winning student to compete on the national level for several awards, including a grand prize of $5,000, plus a scholarship for a teacher at their school to attend the 2017 Jump$tart National Educator Conference.  Last year, banks hosted 114 contests in 44 states.  [View the 2015-2016 winning videos

“By leveraging their creativity and film production skills, students participating in Lights, Camera, Save! have a chance not only at national recognition and a $5,000 grand prize, but also to share valuable savings lessons with their peers,” said Rob Nichols, ABA president and CEO. “It’s a great way to build a generation of smart money managers.”

For the second year in a row, Lights, Camera, Save! is sponsored by Discover® Debit, a debit card program offered to banks by Discover Financial Services.  Discover’s support funds the prizes for winning students and scholarships for teachers to attend the financial education-focused Jump$tart Conference. 

“Discover Debit is committed to providing financial education to students across the country,” said Steve Sievert, vice president of debit marketing at Discover. “We support Lights, Camera, Save! because it encourages teens to think critically about saving and gives them a head start in understanding the keys to a successful financial future.”

Students interested in Lights, Camera Save! can learn more about the contest, as well as find a local participating bank at lightscamerasave.com. Bankers interested in participating in the contest can still sign up online at aba.com/lightscamerasave​

Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education initiatives have reached over 7.6 million young people with the help of more than 225,000 banker volunteers.

About ABA  
The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $16 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans.

About the ABA Foundation
Through its leadership, partnerships, and national programs, ABA’s Community Engagement Foundation (dba ABA Foundation), a 501(c)3, helps bankers provide financial education to individuals at every age, elevate issues around affordable housing and community development, and achieve corporate social responsibility objectives to improve the well-being of their customers and their communities.

About Discover®Debit 
Discover Debit is the first debit card brand created for community banks, who want the freedom and choice to issue cards without the high costs, complexity or restrictions imposed by legacy brands. Empowered with tools and resources to improve cardholder satisfaction, issuers can securely connect people and businesses to their money to make purchases, pay bills and withdraw cash using any participating payment terminal or device – all backed by Discover’s award-winning card brand and the industry’s most trustworthy and affordable debit network. The Discover Debit signature debit solution is endorsed by the American Bankers Association through its subsidiary, the Corporation for American Banking.

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