Empowerment Academy Students Visit 1st Mariner

by Stacy Tharp 24. April 2012

Last week, in honor of Financial Literacy Month, 1st Mariner Bank had the pleasure of hosting a group of seventh grade students from the Empowerment Academy in Baltimore City who are currently participating in Operation HOPE’s Banking on Our Future (BOOF) program.

Guy Stafford
Guy Stafford welcomes the students to 1st Mariner.

BOOF’s purpose is to teach people at a young age how to make educated and responsible financial decisions to promote dignity, hope, and economic self-sufficiency in low-wealth communities.  BOOF courses are offered to schools and communities free of charge and are led by HOPE Corps volunteers who have undergone comprehensive training in financial literacy and teaching techniques.  The program has reached over 700 schools and community-based organizations in the U.S., South Africa, and Haiti.

The Empowerment Academy’s BOOF program is run by our own Guy Stafford, SVP, CRA Officer and Community Lending Manager.

Chris Plude
Chris Plude explains what it takes to be a teller.

The visiting students were welcomed by Guy Stafford along with Mark Keidel, President,  and Dennis Finnegan, EVP, Retail Banking.  The students then split up into groups and were escorted around to different departments of the bank.

Students were brought to the teller training room, where they were “trained” to become tellers.  They even got to “process” basic transactions.  Once they were finished training, students were given a tour of our Canton branch.

The eCommerce team explained to the students how 1st Mariner Bank uses social media, and the

Erica Barry and Wade Barnes
Erica Barry and Wade Barnes discuss social media.

students discussed smart ways and not-so-smart ways to use their Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The students also discussed and were given advice on many firsts that would be coming up, such as how to prepare for their first job interview, things to consider when purchasing their first car, and tips on saving money for college.

The 1st Mariner presenters and volunteers were very impressed by the students’ eagerness to learn about banking and making smart financial decisions, and we can’t wait until their next visit!

For more photos from the Empowerment Academy visit, see our Facebook page.



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