M&T Bank, Operation Hope, Inc. Present Get Smart About Credit at Coppin Academy High School

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M&T Bank, Operation Hope, Inc. Present Get Smart About Credit at Coppin Academy High School

M&T Bank’s 2016 Sales Development Program (SDP) Participants.

M&T Bank’s 2016 Sales Development Program (SDP) Participants.

During a week of training in Baltimore, 56 members of M&T Bank’s Sales Development Program (SDP) from all over the bank’s footprint took a morning off to volunteer at the Get Smart About Credit event at Coppin Academy High School. Members of the SDP taught more than 200 students in the 9th through 12th grades the basics of personal money management.

SDP Participants Andrew Sanchez and Marc Saylor.

SDP Participants Andrew Sanchez and Marc Saylor.

“We are constantly working to empower members of the communities we serve by providing them with the information they need to make sound financial decisions,” said Sherrice Davis, Community Reinvestment Officer of the Baltimore region for M&T. “The earlier in life one learns good money management, the less likely they are to make mistakes that can be costly later on. So we are proud to reach these students at a critical moment in their lives so they can have brighter financial futures.”

SDP Participants Ben Funk, Ashley Finkney and Gigi Gizem.

SDP Participants Ben Funk, Ashley Finkney and Gigi Gizem.

The event began with an assembly and opening remarks by Aisha Almond, principal of Coppin Academy and Dr. Ron Williams, dean, College of Business for Coppin State University. Dr. Williams introduced Matt Calhoun, market manager of the Greater Baltimore Retail branch network for M&T Bank, who talked about the importance of effective money management and its impact on one’s financial well-being. Following the assembly, students were broken out into smaller groups which were led by 2-4 SDP members using Operation Hope’s Banking on Our Future curriculum. Students learned about how credit can affect financial outcomes, the difference between debit and credit cards, and the importance of saving.

Congratulations M&T Bank Corporation!