Growing up with eight siblings, Ethan Harvey learned to understand the value of money.
It’s a lesson he tried to convey in a video contest called “Money Talks: The World Is Listening” being sponsored by Everence, a faith-based financial service.
Harvey, 16, from Wichita, is one of seven finalists in the nationwide contest, which required entrants ages 15 to 25 to make a video about the role of money in the world today.
In his entry, Harvey spoke of money as a tool and related it to his own life.
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“We have a really interesting view of money because our dad didn’t have a job a lot when we were kids,” Harvey said. “Seeing our friends who have different views, we said, ‘Hey, this is interesting.’ ”
This is the first year Everence has held the contest. Pete Flaming, the organization’s church relations representative, said there were 25 submissions, and Everence plans to hold the contest again next year.
“The company really has a passion for wanting to help young people not fall into the strains of financial difficulty and to help them integrate their faith with financial decisions,” Flaming said.
Harvey filmed the video with his brother, 19-year-old Jared Harvey. He heard about the contest through his pastor at Northridge Friends Church. Ethan Harvey said they knew of his interest in making videos and suggested he enter his first contest.
“Kids are learning from people around them and mainstream media that money doesn’t have a high value,” Harvey said. “They don’t know what to do with it, and when they’re on their own, they can’t keep afloat because they weren’t taught as children.”
Voting for the videos takes place online at http://www.everence.com/moneytalks and lasts through Jan. 15.
The winner will be announced Jan. 16. The first place prize is $1,000, second place is $500 and third place is $250. With each prize, the winners will also choose a charity to which a matching amount will be donated.
“We’re hoping they will gain some clarity of their own values, that money isn’t just grown on trees,” Flaming said, “and how they can become a better steward with what God has given them – their money, time, relationships and even health.”