What kind of kid is a Kirby Kid?

Kirby coloring contest winner Alysha P. has been a Kirby Kid for about three years. She’s saving for “something special − I haven’t decided for sure Imageyet.”

How does she earn money?

“I do chores for my mom and dad, help my Granny and Grandpa, from the Tooth Fairy, and gifts for birthdays and stuff.”

Are you in sports or have any hobbies?

“I love to colour and draw, and read books. I am in gymnastics and dance lessons.”


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What kind of teen is a CU Succeed member?

Sarah P. is 14, in eighth grade, and deeply involved with her science club and was Imagepresident last year.

“I joined the science club because the experiments interest me and I like knowing what makes things work,” Sarah said, adding that she picks up extra credit for her science classes too. No wonder she enjoys club meetings, as experiments include potato clocks, flaming gummi bears, lemon lights, and making rock candy and root beer. Through the club, Sarah also participates in school parking lot beautification day, the school carnival, and club field trips and campouts.

A member of Mid Missouri Credit Union, Sarah said, “I save money for items to help me advance my educational future… I haven’t yet decided the career I’m planning to pursue yet. ”

Last year, she saved enough money from Christmas and birthdays to buy her own laptop. “I like my credit union because there you are a member, and not just a customer like at a bank.”

Do you know an outstanding teen credit union member? Let us know! Email me at marybeth@cuanm.org.

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Tips from Caine

Remember Caine Monroy? 9-year-old Caine spent his summer vacation building an elaborate DIY cardboard arcade inside his dad’s used auto parts store, and invited people Imageto play. Business was nonexistent until a filmmaker named Nirvan stopped at the store. Caine’s Arcade has gone viral and serves as a source of inspiration for young entrepreneurs and seasoned business people alike.

Caine recently shared what he learned at a TEDx Youth Conference. His advice?

  1. Be nice to customers. (This one is circled)
  2. Do a business that is fun.
  3. Do not give up. (This one is circled and underlined THREE times)
  4. Start with what you have.
  5. Use recycled stuff.

Good advice.

Caine’s success has now sparked the Imagination Foundation and a scholarship fund. You can get a Caine’s Arcade staff T-shirt too. All profits from shirts sold online will go towards the Imagination Foundation to find, foster and fund creativity and entrepreneurship in kids.

Find out more about Caine, his arcade, his and his TEDx presentation here.

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Being Kirby

We had a call recently from a credit union marketer who was renting the Kirby Kangaroo suit for the first time. She was wondering about the mechanics of renting and wearing the mascot costume. I handle the Kirby costume orders and, having been Kirby a few times myself, I feel prepared to answer that question. (See the video of me being Kirby here aKirby and mend in photo.)

First of all, having Kirby at your credit union event is sure to be a hit. Kids are charmed by the enormous kangaroo. They absolutely buy into the concept of a large furry creature that belongs to their local credit union. They want to follow Kirby, hug him, hold his hand, er, paw, pull his tail, and tell him their trials and tribulations, and if Kirby has candy and Kirby promotional items in his pouch, so much the better. Children’s sweet, ingenuous belief in a giant silent marsupial handing out quarter savers is heart-warming. Parents love it too because having your kids around a giant kangaroo is a Kodak moment in the making.

Some information about the Kirby costume:
• Kirby costume rental is $75 per event plus shipping and handling. We enclose a prepaid return shipping label. We ship your costume approximately 10 days before your event. When your event is over, put it back in the box, tape it up, stick the return label on it and UPS will pick it up.
• If you are renting it for two events within a week or so, we will ship it to you once and you can keep it for your second event. You only pay one shipping and handling fee. Otherwise, we ask that you ship the costume back within two business days after your event.
• If your credit union rents the suit often, consider buying one. Cost is $1,350 plus shipping and handling. Our Claim Your Youth team can help you.
• We ship the Kirby costume in a single box. The costume includes the body suit, head, mittens and shoe covers.
• The costume is at least large enough for a 6 foot, 200-pound person. The costume zips up the back. The total gear weighs about 12 pounds. Kirby will need help getting into his costume.
• We also suggest that someone acts as Kirby’s assistant. The costume head limits vision and sound so an assistant can lead Kirby around safely and do the talking for him. The mittens make handling small items difficult so the assistant can hand out promotional items or candy too. The pouch is a handy way to carry those items.

Give the Kirby costume rental a try at your next kid event. He’ll be the hit of the party! Contact the Claim Your Youth team at 866-262-8336 for details.

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DIY Jet Backpack for Kids!!!

Here’s a quick and fun project the kids in your life will love. Let the imaginations run wild.

Want more cool, fun ideas? Try the Kirby Pinterest page here.

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Social Networking for Cats?

I like cats just as much as the next kangaroo (maybe less), but this is…different. Catmoji is social networking for your cat. Seriously. Check it out. I have a hard time typing with my paws, how do these cats do it?
The full site is here.

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Happy 2013!

Here’s to you and your members — especially the little ones. Enjoy a happy and prosperous New Year!!!

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