As Baltimore's community bank, we feel it's essential that we do our part to support financial literacy in our community. During the month of April, we partnered with Operation HOPE: Banking on our Future, and Junior Achievement of Central Maryland to help educate students in the Baltimore community about financial literacy.
Through Operation HOPE: Banking on Our Future, volunteers visited Medfield Heights Elementary School and Old Court Middle School. We educated a total of 176 students about budgeting, banking and credit, and how dignity can play a role in managing your money.
Through Junior Achievement we participated in their BizTown program which is held at their location in Owings Mills. This event allows students to experience the energy of a real economy by being given a "job" and experiencing a simulated typical day in the life of an adult. The event inspires critical thinking, teamwork and decision-making skills.
We also participated in Junior Achievement's JA in a Day program, located at several Baltimore-area schools to help teach their interactive curriculum of financial education, college preparation and work-readiness skills.
During the month of April, 1st Mariner had over 30 volunteers participate in these events. The events were organized by 1st Mariner's Community Lending Officer, Charles Maykrantz, and Associate Corporate Counsel and CRA Officer, Autumn Wallace.
About the events, Maykrantz stated, "The importance of, and our involvement in Financial Literacy is one which shows our effort to help improve the community knowledge through education. It is one which helps to shape the future of our young people and give them a sense of pride in knowing what the future may hold for them and how best to handle whatever life may present. Education sets the tone for their future years. We at 1st Mariner take pride in knowing we do our part to make those years a success."
While April is specifically devoted to financial literacy, the subject is important year-round, which is why we are continuing our volunteer efforts in the coming months.
Visit our Facebook page to view our full album of Financial Literacy Month photos.
Photos courtesy of Operation HOPE: Banking on Our Future, Inc.