The $600 million Michigan First Credit Union has kicked off itssearch for the next Young & Free Michigan Spokester.

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The Young & Free program, created by Currency Marketing as away for credit union to connect with younger members in a moremeaningful way, is currently in place at 10 credit unions in eightstates and two Canadian provinces and employs 10 full-timespokespeople.

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The winner will serve as the program's spokesperson for a yearand receive a $30,000 salary, an Apple MacBook Pro, an HD videocamera and a smart phone. The winner will also enjoy use of theYoung & Free Michigan car for a year, along with paid gas andinsurance.

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“If I was a few years younger, I'd love to have this job,” saidMichael Poulos, president/CEO of the Lathrup Village, Mich., creditunion. “Our spokesperson actively reaches out to the community –engaging through social media, making videos, attending events andencouraging the next generation to get a head start on beingfinancially fit. We want them to show that smart money managementdoesn't have to be a chore –it can be fun!”

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Video and blog entries will be accepted until noon on April 16.A public vote from April 16-25 will then determine the 15 finalistswho also will be invited for an in-person “meet up” event beforethe final decision is made.

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