Money Smart Kid - DeKalb


Money Smart Kid

In support of Money Smart Week DeKalb, the Illinois Community Credit Union and Target are sponsoring the 2017 Money Smart Kid Essay Contest. Students in grades 6-8 are encouraged to answer this year’s Money Smart Question (see below) with an essay of 300 words or less. Three finalists will be selected and videotaped reading their winning essays. Videos may be shared at the Money Smart Kick-Off breakfast. Prizes will be awarded to three finalists. Prizes include a $500 scholarship for 1st place, a $300 scholarship for 2nd place, and a $200 scholarship for 3rd place. 

Essay Question:

Do you think there is a connection to between physical health and financial health? Please explain your answer. And what can a city, state or national policymaker do to help promote financially healthier citizens?


Candidates Must:

  • Be a student in grades 6-8 in their school.
  • Have knowledge of money management skills (decision-making related to spending and saving, investing, use of credit, etc.) appropriate for their age and grade level
  • Demonstrate how they practice good money management skills in their daily lives
  • Be articulate—able to speak in front of cameras, and respond well to questions
  • Live in DeKalb, LaSalle or Lee counties

To Apply:

  • Student must have parent or guardian permission to apply and participate.
  • Student must write an essay (300 words or less) on the assigned topic.
  • Essays must be typed on plain white paper, double-spaced. The MoneySmart Kid Application Form must be attached to the essay pages.
  • The essay must be the work of the student submitting the essay.
  • The application form must be signed by the teacher and a parent/guardian.
  • The essay and application should be mailed, faxed or emailed as a PDF or scanned attachment to:

Money Smart Kid DeKalb
Kishwaukee United Way
115 N. First St.
DeKalb, IL  60115

Fax: (815) 748-5142

  •  or dropped off at (these are the only a drop off locations):

Kishwaukee United Way
115 N. First St.
DeKalb, IL  60115

Essays become the property of the Money Smart Committee and may be used by Committee members to promote financial literacy. Submissions must be postmarked by March 10, 2017.

Additional Materials/Lesson Plans

Money Smart Kid Committee Members:

  • Dawn Littlefield - Kishwaukee United Way
  • Randi Napientek - Northern Illinois University
  • Beth Metzler - Econ Illinois
  • Kim Morris - Illinois Community Credit Union
  • Amy Youngberg - Junior Achievement


For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us

Money Smart Kid Essay Competition


All submissions must be postmarked by
March 10, 2017