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Alltru Credit Union Launches Juneteenth Heritage Award to Inspire Young Creatives in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (May 24, 2024) – Alltru Credit Union, a leading Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) in the Greater St. Louis area, is inviting young community members to celebrate Juneteenth through their Juneteenth Heritage Award. The initiative, open to individuals ages 5 to 25, encourages participants to express their understanding of Juneteenth through various forms of creativity.

Participants are asked to submit creative work answering the question, “How do you celebrate your Juneteenth heritage?” Submissions can include spoken word, poetry, essays, dance, short films, TikTok videos, visual art, photography, music, and more.

A panel of community judges will select four outstanding entries, with awards totaling up to $1,600.

Heritage Award Details:

To enter, participants must submit a form of creative work that answers “How do you celebrate you Juneteenth heritage?

Submissions are accepted in the following formats:

  • Spoken Word
  • Poetry
  • Essay
  • Dance
  • Short Film
  • TikTok
  • Visual Art
  • Photography
  • Music/Song
  • Other

Heritage Award Prizes:

  • $100 for ages 5-10
  • $200 for ages 11-13
  • $500 for ages 14-17
  • $800 for ages 18-25

Entrants must be between the ages of 5 and 25. One winner will be selected from each age group. 

Submissions are due by 5pm CST on Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Participants must complete the online Juneteenth Heritage Award entry form at

Tracy Verner, Community Development Manager at Alltru Credit Union, said, “We’ve always had a special place in our hearts for our youth. We’re so happy to be able to provide access to banking products that will help them develop money management skills early on.”

Alltru will feature participants’ entries on its social media platforms throughout June, showcasing their inspiration, reflection, legacy, and vision. For more information about Alltru Credit Union, visit


About Alltru Credit Union
Alltru Federal Credit Union was chartered in 1968 as District 837 Credit Union by the International Association of Machinist Union members employed by McDonnell Douglas. Alltru is full-service Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) whose mission is to improve the financial well-being of its members. With nearly 40,000 members and almost $350 million in assets, Alltru has provided members with a full line of dependable financial products and services for 56 years. For more information about Alltru Credit Union, visit

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Media Contact:
Laura Woods – VP of Marketing and Community Presence (636) 916-8303;