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Nashville employees teach financial literacy to middle school girls

April 20, 2023
The volunteer outreach to the students participating in Play Like a Girl’s 2023 Leadership Academy are one of the many ways U.S. Bank employees help to increase financial literacy awareness across the country.

During Financial Literacy Month and beyond, U.S. Bank is committed to advancing financial education in communities of all sizes 

For three consecutive weeks in celebration of financial literacy month, seven Nashville-area U.S. Bank employees teamed up to teach financial literacy topics to middle school girls.

The volunteer outreach to the students participating in Play Like a Girl’s 2023 Leadership Academy are one of the many ways U.S. Bank employees help to increase financial literacy awareness across the country. The 15 students are part of the inaugural leadership class selected for a six-week hybrid program of mentorship from female volunteers and male allies to inspire them to become the next generation of STEM leaders. 

U.S. Bank District Manager Maci Reaves said, “Seeing the engagement of these girls and listening to their dreams and goals has been super impactful. We are able to help them make their dreams a reality by making smart choices in their savings goals. When the first leadership mentoring call was done, my cup was overflowing.”

Danya, a sixth-grade charter school student at STRIVE Collegiate Academy in Nashville, said the lessons taught her about the importance of earning and saving. “The mentors taught me why and how to save my money, which is something that I was having trouble with. Now, I know saving is an important skill.” Danya is a Mexican immigrant who relocated to Nashville at the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic. She knew no English and tended to spend her time in isolation until school resumed and her mother enrolled her in a Play Like a Girl program.

“We understand that to prepare our students for the future workforce, they need to have practical knowledge and experience with money along with access to tools and resources to help level the playing field,” said Dr. Kimberly Clay, founder and CEO of Play Like a Girl. "We're thrilled by the opportunity to partner with U.S. Bank on this pilot program and are grateful for the support of U.S. Bank employee volunteers who serve as mentors, working with us to close the gender gap in STEM while prioritizing financial literacy and leadership development for our most talented students."

During Financial Literacy Month every April and beyond, U.S. Bank is committed to financial literacy across the country in cities of every size. In 2022, approximately 1,400 U.S. Bank employees served nearly 80,000 people by teaching financial literacy. 

U.S. Bank Nashville employees Amy Hampton, Maci Reaves, Megan Miller and Sara Fischer at a Play Like a Girl event.

The U.S. Bank Foundation awarded Play Like a Girl a grant of $17,500 to support the Leadership Academy, which is a free program designed to build middle school girls’ confidence and leadership skills. The financial education sessions take place virtually to accommodate schedules and locations of the student participants and their mentors. Students in the Leadership Academy come from more than 10 schools across Nashville and about 90 percent identify as Black, Latina, or Asian American. The girls also participate in a give back project, where they apply what they have learned through a pitch competition with peers and U.S. Bank employee volunteers.

U.S. Bank Small Business Specialist Steve Ernster enjoyed the smaller group discussions the drop-in flash mentoring format offers. “I was impressed with their understanding of the importance of savings for their future goals and their eagerness to ask questions and be involved with our conversation.  Our breakout group was very hands on with 100% participation. I even learned that one individual aspires to become a professional basketball player!”

U.S. Bank employees volunteer at financial education events across the country. Here’s one example of financial literacy for adults transitioning from college-to-career in Santa Ana, California.

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Scott Lippert, who leads Payment Services Operations and the U.S. Bank Proud to Serve business resource group, recognized as a notable military veteran executive.

U.S. Bank named one of the 2021 Best Companies for Multicultural Women

Seramount, formerly Working Mother Media, publishes the list annually.

U.S. Bank named best place to work and donates to Transgender Justice Initiative

We're proud to be a national partner of the Human Rights Campaign and the HRC Foundation’s Transgender Justice Initiative.

U.S. Bank named a 2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality

Read more about the Human Rights Campaign Foundation index.

U.S. Bank named a 2021 World’s Best Bank by Global Finance Magazine

We won the top honor in three U.S. regions: Great Lakes, Plains and Southwest.

U.S. Bank Law Division recognized for diversity and inclusion leadership

The department’s initiatives to advance equal access to justice and foster equity in the legal profession have received recent acclaim.

Celebrating the Lunar New Year brings warmth on cold Chicago day

U.S. Bank has opportunities for everyone to ring in the Year of the Rabbit, including Lunar New Year Red Envelopes and custom-designed calendars.

Business Access Advisors help take minority small businesses to the next level

The initiative, launched in 2021 as part of U.S. Bank Access Commitment, has already served more than 1,000 businesses in 2022.

Building a pathway to homeownership with students in Little Rock, Arkansas

U.S. Bank volunteers join with Positive Atmosphere Reaches Kids, Junior Achievement to teach the financial concepts as part of initiative to increase rates of Black homeownership.

Black Community Advisory Group launched to inform efforts to close wealth gap

U.S. Bank Access Commitment Advisory Group kicked off in March and is composed of Black business and community leaders.

Barron’s names Gunjan Kedia to 100 Most Influential Women in U.S. Finance

Kedia is vice chair of Wealth Management and Investment Services at U.S. Bank.

Bank’s involvement with Autism Acceptance Month resonates with employee’s family

Tennessee employees, including one whose son has autism, volunteer at autism awareness event

Banker focuses on addressing wealth disparities among Black Americans

Marcus Brown works to expand access to capital

SBA honors U.S. Bank with award for loans to Black-owned businesses in Arkansas

Investments U.S. Bank has made in support of Black-owned businesses includes the creation of business access advisors, who can expand networking and business development opportunities for Black business owners.

San Diego banker teaches self-investment by paying it forward

Over the past three years, Brittny Ferguson has logged nearly 500 volunteer hours and won "Volunteer of the Year" from Junior Achievement of San Diego.

Andy Cecere talks digital transformation, expansion strategy and more in new Q&A

Our chairman, president and CEO recently spoke with the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.

Renewal House offers stability to women in recovery and their children

U.S. Bank investments helps Nashville agency expand.

Reckoning with the past to shape the future of DEI

Greg Cunningham reflects on a tour he took earlier this year to visit sites, museums and memorials dedicated to America’s race relations and civil rights history in Montgomery, Alabama.

Paraquad brings a cook back into the kitchen

With support from U.S. Bank, the St. Louis nonprofit is helping Kevin Geekie realize his dream.

Acts Housing and U.S. Bank team up to help create access to homeownership

U.S. Bank recently partnered with the nonprofit through its Access Home initiative to help increase Black homeownership in Milwaukee.

100 million transactions later, debit card proves to be a point of Pride

The community-inspired card design empowers customers to turn simple payments into meaningful actions.

Publication names U.S. Bank No. 2 Most Innovative Bank, No. 2 Best Board

Bank Director ranks company among the 10 Best National Banks.

Pride is a part of everyday life at U.S. Bank in West Hollywood

A recent makeover is the latest in how employees make sure the branch reflects its surrounding community.

Portland nonprofit celebrates views from different birds’ eyes

We supported dfrntpigeon through our $1 million annual fund that goes toward workforce development, arts and culture and affordable housing.

Partnership aims to build wealth in the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Black community

24/7 Blac, founded in 2020, is focused on financial empowerment programs including business creation, career readiness and homeownership.

Partnership with ‘Hiring Our Heroes’ helps build U.S. Bank workforce

The nonprofit job training program helps provide meaningful opportunities to veterans, transitioning service members and military spouses.

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