In 2014, Bank of the West volunteers took to classrooms across their local region to help students in grades kindergarten through 12th develop healthy financial habits. The bank engages in a variety of creative and interactive outreach programs that are designed to educate young people about understanding “needs” versus “wants” and the importance of credit and personal savings.
“Financial education plays a critical role in advancing the economic well-being of individuals. Our bank volunteers understand that educating our children on how they can make sound financial decisions helps to develop a future generation of consumers who make smart choices,” said Jenny Flores, head of Community Affairs. “I’m very proud of our many Bank of the West team members who have been enthusiastic about lending their expertise to schools and nonprofits in support of advancing financially healthy communities.”
Throughout the year, Bank of the West partners with nonprofits including Operation HOPE, Junior Achievement and the National Theatre for Children, as well as local school districts and federal and state agencies to bring important life lessons into the classroom. Teaching methods differ depending on a child’s age, so strategies and curriculum are tailored accordingly. This year, the bank reached more than 10,000 students through diverse programs including job shadow and career day, comedy improv and creative arts projects.
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