Youth Banking

It is never too early to teach children about the importance of saving and managing money.   

For now it's toy cars, imaginary friends, playing school and caring for a pretend house.  But someday, they will be ready to turn their dreams into reality...

Kirby Kangaroo® youth savings club can give them the financial knowledge they need to get there with:

  • An trendy newsletter for parents of Lil’ Kirby Roo members (ages 0-4)
  • A super cool newsletter for Kirby Kangaroo kids (ages 5-12)
  • Fun, interactive programs and events
  • Insight into how a credit union works
  • Rewards for saving
  • Lessons about money

Opening a minor savings account can help children appreciate the value of money and establish smart habits. NorthStar offers custodial savings account for children of all ages as well as Uniform Transfer to Minor Act (UTMA).    As a custodian, you control the flow of money in and out of the account and help guide the minor to make sound decisions until they reach 18 years of age or 21 for UTMA. 

View more information regarding the Illinois UTMA guidelines.

Is your child ready to take a more active role in his/her finances?  

Claim Your Youth® is a great teen savings club for kids age - 13 to 18 years old! Our Claim Your Youth® program (f.k.a. CU Succeed ®) features:

  • An informative and entertaining quarterly newsletter
  • A super-cool interactive Web site to help teens learn about money and credit.
  • Information on choosing a college to attend
  • Ways to get help paying for your education
  • Tips to finding a great job
  • Tools to help plan for your career
  • And links to other great Web sites just for teens!

Youth Checking

We offer joint savings and checking accounts (eligibility requirements may apply) for minors so long as a parent/guardian is one of the joint owners.  As a part of our youth checking program, we are also proud to offer CheckRight to help teens better understand how to manage a checking and create a spending plan.  Speak with one of our Financial Service Representatives today to discuss your child's financial future!  

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This complimentary tool is available to our members through our partnership with GreenPath Debt Solutions. CheckRight is a web-based checking account management education module designed to teach members how to manage a checking account. CheckRight is a great tool if you are looking to open a checking account for the first time or you have had difficulty handling an account in the past. Among other things, CheckRight will help you learn how to:

  • open an account
  • write checks
  • make deposits
  • maintain a check register
  • reconcile an account
  • create a spending plan
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