Valley doesn’t just care about our members. Valley cares for kids. We are committed to empowering kids and enriching their minds in a wide range of ways and age groups. Explore all we’re doing to support youth in our communities.

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Ages 12 and Under

Wise Wonders Childrens Museum

Valley Credit Union donated $25,000 to Wise Wonders Science and Discovery Museum (Wise Wonders) to assist with the museum’s latest expansion. These funds were used to support the local organization in its efforts to build an updated grocery store exhibit for young learners.
“We are proud to sponsor this community-centered organization in its pursuit to foster creativity and engage curious minds through hands-on learning,” said Casey Klein, CEO of Valley Credit Union and Wise Wonders board member. “The value that this environment brings our youth is unmatched. We are eager to see the new attractions come to fruition in this renovated space and know that the museum will continue to be a staple for young minds for many years to come.”
One of Wise Wonders' main goals since moving to their new location was to provide a larger-scale grocery store exhibit for children. At the museum’s previous location, they had a smaller grocery store set-up that was the most trafficked exhibit and supplied high interaction from children. The funds from Valley will make this vision a reality.
“Wise Wonders is incredibly thankful for the generous support of Valley Credit Union,” said Shawna Bonini, Executive Director of Wise Wonders Children’s Museum. “Through their donation, we were able to make a fantastic grocery store. This space will be a place for kids to role-play, use their imaginations, work together with other kids, and learn and grow. This exhibit would not be possible without the support from Valley.”

Explorers Academy

Valley has helped Explorers Academy, A Head Start Program fund their library at their new location at 511 Custer Ave. We have book bins at all of our Billings locations for new and gently used books to be donated to this library. We help them out with many other events going on throughout the year as well.

Miles Ave School Reading Tutor Program

Every year Valley volunteers help tutor reading at Miles Avenue School in Billings. To further encourage young readers, we provide them with fun and inspiring tools that can be used throughout the year at home, as well as at school. We also participate in their annual school carnival, Spelling Bee and other school year activities. We are proud to partner with Miles Avenue School and help shape the growing minds of our youth.

Ages 13 – 18

Valley-dictorian Program

Throughout the school year, Valley Credit Union and The Billings Gazette feature 32 seniors chosen from local area high schools. These students, nominated by a teacher, counselor, or principal, have shown a clear career path for their future in the form of an industry certification, technical associal degree, city college, trade school, or apprenticeship. And, at the end of the school year, Valley awards one $5,000 grant to a deserving student. 

Click here to view the 2021-22 article and see who won!

The Hive

Danielle Brower (Skyview), a high school entrepreneur, won $5,000 during an event called, The Hive. Kylie Swanton, also a Skyview student, took the second prize ($1,500) prize for her business (Kylie’s Calligraphy), and Caden Dekievet, Career Center, took home third prize ($1,000) with his clothing line business.

Six high school entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas in a competition called The Hive that took place at the Babcock Theatre in April. This is an amazing opportunity for students to present their companies, plus, to encourage small business in Billings, MT.

“I created this business using my art tactics and a solution to a problem of losing your lip balm holder all the time,” Danielle Brower said. “So, I created lip balm holders and eco-friendly sustainable stickers.” She has been running this business, Nelly Nicole Designs, for two years.

“Don’t shy away from the challenge, don’t shy away from your problems,” Caden Dekievet said. “I want people to improve and change and be passionate about something. I also want them to be comfortable and confident because confidence is the main thing and they both go hand in hand. And that’s the need that Don’t Shy Away fulfills.” Caden has a clothing line called “Don’t Shy Away” that encourages people to be confident.

Brandon Scala, SVP of Business Development, was asked why Valley Credit Union started this event, “we’d like you to open your business locally, hire local kids, hire local people so that it stays here and our economy will continue to grow,” said Brandon Scala. “This is an experience these kids will carry with them for a long time.”

Valley Credit Union awarded $5,000 for first prize, The Northern Hotel gave $1,500 for second and $1,000 for third prize. The winner, Brower, will also receive mentoring from the Billings Chamber and Rock 31, plus, advertising help from AD Creative.

The students that competed are all taking an Entrepreneurial Class at Senior, Skyview or the Career Center. During the semester, they’ve started a business, come up with a business plan, marketed their business, sold their products at pop-up events, and so much more!

Billings All High School Celebration Committee - Title Sponsor

At Valley we go to local high schools to put on Reality Fairs to teach high school students about real life budgeting. This will consist of the students being placed in a job/family where they will have to go table to table to get a mortgage/rent, phone, utilities, etc... At the end we will take a look over their budget to see how they did. We will also give them any advice we see necessary.

Also, Valley has partnered up with the Billings All High School Celebration Committee to be the title sponsor. This consists of helping fund a sober party the night of graduation for Billings Senior, West and Skyview high school as well as a parade for each high school, plus much more.

Reality Fairs

Throughout the school year your local credit unions will visit high schools to do a Reality Fair. Students would go from table to table with a job, income, and family. They have to get a place to live, groceries, daycare, utilities, cell phone, etc... We believe this is a really eye opening experience for these students to see just how expensive life can be!

Financial Literacy Classes

Throughout the school year Valley presents student courses on the importance of saving, spending and investing. Valley also places emphasis on understanding what a credit score is, what it means and much more!

All Ages

ZooMontana Bison Exhibit Sponsor

Part of supporting our community’s kids is also supporting organizations that share in commitment to our area youth. ZooMontana is one such organization and we are proud to be the primary sponsor for their bison exhibit! Learn more about all ZooMontana offers.

Valley Youth Accounts and More

Student Checking Account

From young student to financially independent adult — start molding a bright financial future with the help of Student Checking. Students up to 25 will learn the value of money firsthand with free features like online banking and eStatements. Even earn competitive dividends on all balances up to $1,000 when signed up for eStatements. And with a low opening deposit of $50 and no balance requirements, getting started down the right financial path is not just smart — it's easy! Learn More!

Savings Account

You’re never too young to starting developing good financial practice. Children that start young are more likely to maintain financial responsibility into their adulthood. Our savings accounts with competitive dividends encourage savings and teach the benefits of making money work for kids.

Scholarships Available

The Midland Empire Chapter of Credit Unions is offering two $1,000 scholarships; one to a traditional student and one to a non-traditional student who wish to continue their education. Completed applications and all required materials must be submitted to your credit union no later than March 1st. Scholarships will be awarded at the April chapter meeting of the Midland Empire Chapter of Credit Unions.

Fill out application and print — deadline was March 1, 2023.

Scholarship applications may be returned to your local branch or mailed to:

Valley Credit Union
Attn: Marketing Department
PO Box 20417
Billings, MT 59104

Valley is awarding one scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to a graduating high school student in Cody, Wyoming, excluding immediate family members of Valley employees. This scholarship applies to any accredited college, graduate school or secondary education facility.

Print Application — deadline is March 17, 2023, 2:00 PM, MST.

Completed application and all required materials must be submitted to:

Valley Credit Union
Attn: Jeff Parsons, Branch Manager
1902 Cougar Ave
Cody, WY 82414

Valley is awarding one scholarship in the amount of $500 to a graduating high school student in Gallatin County, Montana, excluding immediate family members of Valley employees. This scholarship applies to any accredited college, graduate school or secondary education facility.

Print Application — deadline is March 17, 2023, 2:00 PM, MST.

Completed application and all required materials must be submitted to:

Valley Credit Union
Attn: Jeff Taylor, Branch Manager
1707 W. Oak St
Suite A
Bozeman, MT 59715