Banking on Our Youth Graduation!
Article Published: June 5, 2017
Gold, blue, and silver star balloons welcomed 45 junior and senior high school students from the Santa Ana Unified School District as they arrived at their Banking on Our Youth (BOY) Graduation. Students from Century, Saddleback, Segerstrom, Godinez and Santa Ana High School first embarked on this journey to learn about financial and entrepreneurship concepts back in October of 2016. During class, students learned about the pros and cons of owning credit cards, the importance of having a savings account and much more. For every class attended students earned a $50 credit, thus motivating them to have near perfect attendance. Students were mentored by business professionals who helped them develop a business plan. Students competed for college scholarships totaling $10,500! That evening, students left home with scholarships, laptops, $350 to open up a college savings account and certificates of completion. Most importantly, students left with the tools necessary to make smart financial decisions for themselves, which in return will positively impact their families and communities. It is important to highlight that none of this could have been made possible without the support of our wonderful sponsors and partners: CIT/One West, Pacific Premier, Wells Fargo, Union Bank, Bank of the West, Pacific Western Bank, Chick-Fil-A, Savvy, FDIC, and the Santa Ana Unified School District. We are excited to see the impact BOY has in the lives of our program graduates, families and their communities.
If you would like to learn more about BOY or how to become a mentor, please contact Paulina Cadena.