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Banzai Co-Founder and GenHERation CEO Among Volunteer Judges for Financial Education Contest


The American Bankers Association Foundation has announced its national judging panel for its 2019-2020 Lights, Camera, Save! video contest. The annual contest, now in its 10th year, encourages teens to educate their peers about using money wisely through the creative use of video.

This year’s panel of volunteer judges features experts from the worlds of personal finance and youth education:

  • George Barany, director, Consumer Federation of America;
  • Kendall Buchanan, CTO and co-founder, Banzai;
  • Katlyn Grasso, CEO and founder, GenHERation;
  • Beverly Harzog, consumer finance analyst and credit card expert, U.S. News & World Report; and
  • Ashley Jacobs, director of marketing, Wise Bread.

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Lights, Camera, Save!, and each year we find ourselves increasingly impressed with the new and inventive ways teens explain the importance of financial responsibility to their peers,” said Corey Carlisle, executive director, ABA Foundation. “Fortunately, we have an equally impressive panel of expert judges to help the ABA Foundation identify its three national winners. We wish them luck in what will certainly be a tough decision.”'

Through Lights, Camera, Save! teen participants will create and submit up to a 90-second video that demonstrates the value of saving and responsibly managing your money to a local participating bank. More than 140 banks are hosting local contests across 46 states.

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 $5,000, plus a scholarship for a teacher at their school to attend the 2020 Jump$tart National Educator Conference. Winning entries will also be featured at ABA’s Washington Summit in March and throughout the year on other ABA platforms. Banks across the country will accept entries through Dec. 3. Videos will be judged on their quality, message, content and the criteria set forth by the contest's official rules.

This year’s contest is sponsored by Banzai, a free, online financial literacy platform for students of all ages that merges classroom learning with real-world experience.

Banks interested in participating in this year’s contest can sign up online at aba.com/lightscamerasave. Registered banks will be featured on the list of participating banks on the ABA Foundation website and in press materials. Since 1997, the ABA Foundation’s financial education initiatives have reached 10.5 million young people with the help of more than 260,000 banker volunteers.


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 the American Bankers Association

The American Bankers Association is the voice of the nation’s $22.8 trillion banking industry, which is composed of small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, safeguard nearly $19 trillion in deposits and extend $11 trillion in loans.

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