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Teen Article Submission Terms & Information


  • Article submission is open to SLFCU members age 13-17 in good standing.*
  • Teens must have their own primary SLFCU account or be the beneficiary of a custodial account at SLFCU.
  • Teens who have previously been awarded money for an article that was selected for publishing are eligible to submit a new article on a different topic for consideration.


  • Must be the teen’s original work, not copied from any other source, and must be authored solely by the teen.
  • Submissions should be 350 words maximum (not including title) and can relate to any financial topic.
  • Must explore a financial topic suitable for publication in SLFCU’s Dollars & Sense newsletter and on
  • Topics may include but are not limited to: teen business and money making ideas; how to fundraise for a charity or project; lessons learned from a first job, etc. To view more topic options, click on the following "submit an article" button.
  • If applicable, must cite sources used (for instance, if the article quotes a news source or website).


  • A parent or guardian’s contact information must be provided. SLFCU will contact the teen directly only if a parent/guardian gives permission to do so.
  • Permission must be provided for SLFCU to make changes or edits to the article prior to publication.
  • By submitting an article for consideration, both the parent or guardian and the teen are providing permission to SLFCU to publish the article in print and electronic publications.
  • If their article is chosen for publication, SLFCU may request a photo of the teen. By providing a photo, the parent or guardian and teen give SLFCU permission to use the teen's name and photograph in connection with the published article.


  • SLFCU will review all submissions and respond within 30 days.
  • If an article is not selected, SLFCU may contact the parent or guardian with suggestions for the teen to improve the article.
  • If the article is selected, SLFCU may contact the parent or guardian to discuss edits. In addition, SLFCU may ask the parent or guardian to convey any questions or clarifications regarding the article. The teen should work in a timely manner to provide SLFCU with edits to facilitate publication.
  • After selection and final edits are complete, SLFCU will coordinate with the parent or guardian to deposit $100 to the teen’s SLFCU checking or savings account, or generate a check made payable to the teen and mail to the address on file for the teen’s SLFCU account.
  • Tax liability on prize monies is the responsibility of the recipient.

*Good standing is defined as a member who has not been denied services or is in arrears with the Credit Union.


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