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OneUnited Bank sponsors ‘I Got Bank’ financial literacy contest


In celebration of National Financial Literacy Month, OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest Black-owned bank, has announced its 10th Annual “I Got Bank!” National Financial Literacy Contest where 10 children will win a $1,000 savings account. Additionally, to support families who are homeschooling their children due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Bank is offering a free “I Got Bank” e-book.

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 30. The bank will choose ten winners and award each winner a $1,000 savings account at OneUnited Bank by Aug. 31. For more information, visit:

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 enough books geared toward educating urban youth about finances.

“In celebration of our 10th anniversary, we are proud to offer a free “I Got Bank” e-book to families who are homeschooling their children due to the cancellation of schools,” Williams said. “We hope to inspire more families to focus on financial literacy, while providing a fun activity for youth. It’s amazing that in 10 years we have proudly awarded thousands of dollars to youth and created budding financial experts to seed the next generation.”

The 2019 winners, whose essays and art were published this month online, include Sabreen A. El-Amin, 12, Pasadena, Calif.; Kristian Flakes, 11, Pearland, Tex.; Precious Fofana, 8, Hyde Park, Mass.; Zaiderick Hayes, 12, Birmingham, Ala.; Arielle Johnson, 12, Davenport, Iowa; DeAsia Mauldin, 11, Compton, Calif.; Xavier Nelson, 12, Moseley, Va.; Arabia Roberts, 12, Washington, DC,; Patrick Sweet, 11, Miramar, Fla.; and David Wines, 10, Des Moines, Iowa.