Dreaming of our ideal future delights and inspires us. Children, with their fertile imaginations, are particularly good at dreaming. But to make dreams come true, you need to have clear goals and, very likely, save some money to make them happen. Credit unions can help their members on both counts.

Our theme for Youth Month this April, is “The Future is Yours: Picture it! Save for it! Share it!” We’re encouraging all members, particularly our youngest, to write down their dreams, create vision boards, save for the future and encourage each other. These activities will help lay the groundwork for their future success.

Putting your dreams and goals down on paper where you can see them every day actually helps you achieve them! Studies were conducted at Dominican University on the science of goal setting. The results revealed that writing down your goals on a regular basis makes you 42% more likely to achieve them than if you don’t record them. They determined that using your imagination (right/creative brain) and writing those plans down (left/logical brain) engages your whole brain, including your subconscious. This makes it easier for you to find and seize opportunities that will help you achieve your goals, as well as keep you motivated.

Young members who begin a habit of envisioning and recording their goals are more likely to achieve future goals as adults. This year’s Youth Month theme will give members the encouragement they need to start this habit.

To help GLCU celebrate Youth Month, here are a few ideas:

1. Write down your goals and create vision boards. Take a photo and share it on social media using the hashtag #CUYouthMonth. Sharing your goals will help inspire others to set goals too.

2. Some goals, like graduating from college or starting a business, will require money. Set up a savings account tied to that goal.

3. Get into the habit of making regular deposits to your savings account and watch your savings grow! Each time you make a deposit to your GLCU account during Youth Savings Month you will be entered into a drawing to win a $250 Certificate to Dave & Buster’s! 

4. Visit your local GLCU branch for fun surprises during April and learn more about the importance of saving! Don’t forget to capture your visit and share your photos with us— tag @GreatLakesCreditUnion and use the hashtag #CUYouthMonth.

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