Maine’s Credit Unions launch second online search for Young and Free Maine spokesperson

19 April 2012

MAINE- Maine’s Credit Unions recently announced they have launched their second search for a creative, tech-savvy individual to represent Generation Y (ages 18 to 25) as the “Spokester” (spokesperson) for their Young and Free Maine program, according to Denise Duperre-Cote, Marketing Director at NorState FCU.

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Connecting with young people through social media networks, local events and more, the Young and Free Maine Spokester will continue to develop entertaining educational content, tips, and tools to help members of Generation Y manage their day-to-day lives and finances.

The program’s first Spokester, Seth Poplaski, will complete his one-year term in June.

“It’s been a busy year for Maine’s first Young and Free Spokester, Seth Poplaski. From blogging about everything from food, to football to finances, and driving the bright green Chevy Cruz throughout the state, he’s been making a real connection with Maine’s 25 and under crowd,” John Murphy, President/CEO of Maine Credit Union League, said.

“As his eventful year comes to an end, we’re looking for someone who’s creative, energetic and outgoing, someone who can use social media to connect with their peers, get involved in the community and continue to share all that Maine’s Credit Unions have to offer this generation.”

From March 23 to April 20, creative people between the ages of 18 and 25 are invited to apply for the “ultimate job” as the Young and Free Maine Spokester.

The winner must showcase an ability to relate to Generation Y while demonstrating his/her creative tech-savvy.

To enter, applicants must submit a 60-second YouTube video and write a blog post that demonstrates their writing, editing and creative skills.

The videos and blog posts will be posted at www.YoungFreeMaine.com. Maine’s Credit Unions will narrow the submissions down to three finalists. They will then select the winner by an online public vote, which will take place from May 4 -17.

Upon selection, the Young and Free Maine Spokester will participate in events throughout the year, write daily blog entries and post weekly videos to the YoungFreeMaine.com website.

A job opportunity loaded with perks, the winner will also receive a smart phone with a paid contract and an Apple laptop, which the Spokester will be able to keep at the end of his/her term. The Spokester will also have use of the Young and Free Maine vehicle.

The search for the Young and Free Spokester is part of a greater initiative for 18 to 25 year olds called Young and Free Maine.

It includes a financial headstart with a new account called the Free4ME Account, designed with 18 to 25 year olds in mind. Maine is the only New England state to offer this program, which has proven successful in connecting with Gen Y in regions throughout North America.

For more information, visit www.YoungFreeMaine.com. The deadline to apply for the Spokester position is April 20 at noon. Online voting commences on May 4 and runs until May 17.

The winner will be announced by May 30.

Formed in 1938, the Maine Credit Union League is the State Trade Association for Maine’s 63 credit unions providing a variety of services and products to assist credit unions in meeting the needs of their membership. For more information, visit www.mainecul.org