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Union Bank Partners with Operation Hope to Teach Students Financial Education

Team members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino pose for a photo after successfully completing the five-week Operation HOPE Banking on Our Future financial dignity program. They are joined by (Far Left) Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino Program Director Alma Flores and (Far Right) Union Bank Branch Manager and volunteer instructor Michael Milian.

As part of its ongoing commitment to responsible banking and to help increase youth financial education, Union Bank, N.A., partnered with Operation HOPE (HOPE) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino (BGCSB) to educate high school students about the basics of personal finance using HOPE’s Banking on Our Future curriculum.  Union Bank volunteers Rosella Bernal, Michael Milian and Jason Nesbihal began teaching HOPE’s award-winning youth financial dignity program to members of the BGCSB on April 11.  The five-week course culminated with a recognition ceremony to celebrate the students’ completion of the program May 9.

The Banking on Our Future curriculum offers five modules:  Course in Dignity (covers the importance of responsible budgeting and money management), Basics of Budgeting, Get Smart About Banking (Checking and Savings Accounts), Fundamentals of Credit, and Introduction to Savings and Investing.   Each week, students participating in the program learned practical lessons by using hands-on calculations and real-world examples.

“It has been a pleasure to partner with Union Bank and Operation HOPE,” said Boys & Girls Clubs of San Bernardino Director of Program Development Dr. Lolita Lyles.  “The Banking on Our Future curriculum has taught our students critical life skills in a way that incorporates hands-on activities and real-world examples.”

In the celebratory ceremony held May 9, BGCSB, Union Bank, and HOPE executives formally acknowledged and awarded certificates to the students for completing the program.

“The enthusiasm of both the students as well as our employee volunteers has been nothing short of inspiring,” said Union Bank Senior Vice President and Foundation President Carl Ballton.  “Union Bank is committed to strengthening communities through financial literacy, and we hope to reach even more Boys & Girls club members in the future.”

During the ceremony, students, teachers and parents were also treated to a special demonstration of the bank’s newest financial education tool – the Yuby™ app.
The classroom edition of Banking on Our Future is a critical element of HOPE’s FIVE MILLION KIDS Initiative aimed at making kids money-smart and lowering the school dropout rate in America.  Union Bank was the first national sponsor of the initiative.

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