Cheers West Edition


Wave Staff Report

Michelle Oppong, 9; Obi Owusu-Bonsu, 12; and Cierra Yoakum, 10, were among this year’s youth essay and art contest winners for OneUnited Bank.

The eighth annual “I Got Bank” contest –– presented by the nation’s largest black-owned bank, OneUnited Bank — awarded each winner a $1,000 savings account for their submissions on financial literacy.

Obi Owusu-Bonsu

Terri Williams, president and chief operating officer of OneUnited Bank, said “We celebrate our winners who wrote a 250-word essay or submitted art that that expressed how they will use what they learned about money to help their families.”

Williams also is the author of “I Got Bank,” a book geared towards educating youth about financial literacy. More than 3,000 copies have been donated across 37 states.

Cierra Yoakum

The “I Got Bank” art and youth essay contest is part of the bank’s larger initiative to educate youth and adults about money management.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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