Athens Federal Community Bank financial analyst and community reinvestment act officer, Amy Jo Castor (now Billings), was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Tennessee Bankers Association’s EverFi Banker of the Year award at a ceremony during the TBA’s Leadership Convention.
Presented by the Young Bankers Division of the TBA through its Personal Economics Program (PEP), the award recognizes one banker in the state who has used the EverFi platform to have an outstanding impact on financial literacy efforts within their community and schools. The award-winning banker must be instrumental in generating positive relationships within the schools, actively participate in the success of the program throughout the year with general and hands-on engagement, and demonstrating leadership in promoting a positive image for the partnership.
Athens Federal committed $51,000 over three years to bring financial literacy education to high school students across McMinn, Monroe, Meigs and Bradley counties by providing them with access to the Athens Federal SMART Start Financial Literacy learning platform, powered by EverFi. The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology, including Level 4 simulations, avatars, gamed and adaptive-pathing, to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation.
Through this platform, more than 500 juniors and seniors in the following schools will become certified in dozens of topics in personal finance at absolutely no cost to the schools:
McMinn County High School
McMinn Central High School
Meigs County High School
Sequoyah High School
Sweetwater High School
Tellico Plains High School
Bradley Central High School
Walker Valley High School
Cleveland High School
“We are most proud of Amy Jo’s exceptional accomplishments in coordinating and managing the EverFi program and ensuring its cutting-edge technology reaches students in our communities,” said Jeff Cunningham, president and CEO of Athens Federal. “Her efforts have resulted in a high percentage of students in our area earning personal finance certifications and learning essential life skills that will better equip them to become financially responsible citizens.”
Click here for more information about the SMART Start Financial Literacy Program.