$1,000 GRAND PRIZE winner!
Voting in the C-Note $1,000 Grand Prize contest was robust! Two front runners were neck-in-neck right down to the midnight deadline. More than 8,000 people of all ages cast their votes and the winner is...
by Chloe, 16
Rogue Federal Credit Union
Medford, Ore..
Encourage your members age 13 to 19 to enter their photos in the C-Note photo contest theme Furry Friends. Deadline is March 21, 2012.
The winner of Furry Friends gets a cool $100 and automatic entry in next year's Grand Prize contest for $1,000. View a sample announcement that targets young teenagers.
AJ's Reader Poll results—Debit Card
When asked what they would do if they could get a debit card, most AJ's teenagers indicated that they would hold back, think about it, and ask their parents.
Point young teenage members to AJ's Pick a Card, But Not Any Card, an age-appropriate article that encourages them to learn how to manage their checking accounts, use debit cards, and be prepared for credit card offers when they are older.
Here is the poll question* and responses:

Zannie asks: You finally can get a debit card but you're not sure about it. You...
1. Be glad! You might need it.
2. Don't get one--learn how to manage cash first.
3. Keep thinking about it.
4. Ask the 'rents.
Instant poll questions capture your high school members’ attention. On which issues would you like to learn more about what they think? Use your imagination and send your poll questions with possible responses to Rena Crispin.

* Instant poll results reflect an unscientific sampling of Googolplex readers.

Marketing tip: Capture teenagers with C-Note photo contest
Sample announcement: Win $100 or even $1,000 in the C-Note photo contest

It's up to you! Whether or not your photo entry is voted "best of the best" by your peers, any time's the right time to visit the C-Note photo contest. Who knows, you could win $100 or even $1,000! Here's how: 

  • Visit C-Note on our website. [If this is a print communication, insert your credit union's URL for the front page of C-Note here.]
  • Click on the photo contest display on the top right of the page.
  • Read the rules and enter your photo in the contest theme named on the top right side of the page.

What photo will you enter? There's a new $100 theme every seven weeks and a $1,000 grand prize once a year.

While you're on the contest page, vote for your favorite photo in the ballot box. Click on the different photos in the ballot box, scroll down to read others' comments and "talk back."

Come back often! There's a wealth of information to help you become financially competent, plus it's a lot of fun! C-Note posts something new every week: stories, games, videos, blog posts, poll questions, and fresh ongoing dialogue in the form of posted comments from your peers.

With your subscription you get several tools to help you market Googolplex. They're all available from your Googolplex customization and installation page. Rena Crispin, Googolplex's managing editor, at 800-356-9655, ext. 4258, can help you pinpoint the best tools for your situation.

Googolplex is hiring youth
Googolplex is hiring youth!

Young people have 10 days left to let us know they're interested in applying for one of 12 paid positions on our youth editorial board. No travel is necessary—we welcome applicants from all over the country.

Board membership requires a one-year commitment, starting in June, 2012. Payment is based on age level. Click the images to the right to view this year's youth board members.

Openings are available in three age brackets for the 2012-2013 school year: 

Youth who are a part of the Googolplex editorial board gain numerous benefits, including payment, experience writing consumer-related articles, and opportunities to play credit-union friendly online games. It’s a fantastic way for kids to learn about money while also having fun and getting paid for their time.

If young people are interested in the position, or want more information, have them contact Corey Pratt, Googolplex youth editorial board liaison. Make sure Corey knows what grade level the applicant will be in the fall of 2013:

before Feb. 6, 2012.

Get the word out about the Googolplex youth editorial board by copying this message into your credit union newsletter or by posting links to these articles in 5-Spot, AJ’s, and C-Note on your credit union website.

Think wide: Parents and grandparents are excellent resources to get the word out about the opportunity. Membership on the youth editorial board is also open to credit union employees’ children.

We take privacy seriously and do not display last names or sell information to third parties.

Here's help for your social media efforts

We've written material for Facebook and Twitter feeds to last a month. Include these summaries when linking to age-appropriate consumer articles, games, blogs, and comic strips in your credit union’s subscription to Googolplex.

Use a new one every week. Even if your credit union doesn't use social media, you can still use the information and links in this email to let young people know about the financial tools in Googolplex.

Facebook versions:

5-Spot for elementary school kids

  • Make Green Stuff From Old Stuff: Kasey, 11, likes to "look for things that have been forgotten or thrown away." He's turned his antique-collecting hobby into a thriving business, and you can too! (Link to

AJ’s for middle school teenagers

  • Interns Earn Cash, Experience: Have you ever wanted something like a cellphone or a laptop but you didn't have enough money to get it? Lucia, 12, says, "You might be able to earn money, and more, with an internship." (Link to
  • Kid Kred: In the latest episode of the Kid Kred serial comic, Sadie confronts Monty about his "silly little blog," saying "publishing gossip is juvenile." (Link to

C-Note for high school teenagers

  • Enter the $100 photo contest theme: Furry Friends: If you're between the ages of 13 to 19, you can enter your fav photo in the photo contest theme Furry Friends. Deadline is March 21, 2012. (Link to
  • $88,333 a Second: What cost $88,333 a second in 2010? An ad during the Super Bowl. Play this game and you’ll never look at another ad the same way again! (Link to
  • Make Your Money Work in a Roth IRA: Hannah, 15, asks, "Where do you want to be in 60 years?" Planning ahead that far seems impossible, but let Hannah explain why you should think about opening a Roth IRA and take advantage of compound interest now. (Link to
  • Prices Going UP! If you want to maximize space in your budget, college student blogger Bridget recommends reducing trips to both grocery and coffee shops. (Link to
  • Wonder Where All Your Money Went? A budget isn't something magical that makes you save money. College student Kevin blogs about options for making one for 2012. (Link to
  • New Job! Marcy tells her father about her new job as a model and spokeswoman for David Barsham sportswear in the serial comic Wheels. (Link to
For your Twitter feeds (all are < 140 characters):
5-Spot for elementary school kids
  • Kasey, 11, has turned his hobby into a thriving business, and you can too!
AJ’s for middle school teenagers
  • Lucia, 12, tells how middle-schoolers can earn money interning.
  • In the Kid Kred serial comic, Sadie confronts Monty about his blog.
C-Note for high school teenagers
  • Teenagers! Enter the $100 photo contest theme Furry Friends. Deadline is March 21, 2012
  • Take this quiz and never look at an ad the same way!
  • Hannah, 15, explains why you should think about opening a Roth IRA.
  • Coffee shop prices rising! College student Bridget blogs how to make budget space.
  • A budget isn't something magical. College student Kevin blogs on budgeting.
  • In Wheels serial comic, Marcy tells her dad about her new job as model and spokeswoman.
Give youth print and online newsletters!

Every quarter we send you enough ready-to-print pages to create three full newsletters— one for elementary-school, middle-school, and high-school level readers. We provide newsletters in high resolution for print, and low resolution for email or online viewing.

Here’s how you get it:

To retrieve the ready-to-print, ready-to-view newsletter pages each quarter, log in to your Googolplex newsletter page, select the pages you need, and download them free of charge.

Don’t waste your subscription
Whenever you change your credit union Web address or logo, check your Googolplex customization. Make sure your links and credit union logo are what you want by logging in to your Googolplex Customizing and Installation page.
If you have technical or subscription questions, or need help in setting up your password, please email Debbie Michels, or call 800-356-9655, ext. 4091.

If you have questions, comments, or ideas for Googolplex editorial content, please email Rena Crispin or call 800-356-9655, ext. 4258.

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In This Issue
Googolplex Is Hiring
Help for Social Media
$1,000 Winner
AJ's Poll: Debit Card
Marketing Tip
Coming in Spring
Promote to Members
Retrieve Password
Contact Us
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Check out these resources to show youth they can become Super Savers by visiting—and saving at—your credit union.
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