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Working with Junior Achievement to Provide Financial Education for Local Youth

Junior Achievement (JA), an organization committed to teaching students from kindergarten through high school about financial topics, has come to hold a special place in our hearts. Recently, Amber Santos and Tom Schmidt from our La Jolla office, as well as Darla Clark from our downtown San Diego office, visited JA’s BizTown (the only BizTown facility in California!) to help San Diego elementary school students operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks and vote for mayor.

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The goal of the program is to help kids connect the concept of dealing with the financial responsibilities of adulthood to the reality. Rene Wisch and Lisa Johns from our Vancouver, Washington office also volunteered with BizTown through Junior Achievement of Washington. Khellie Van and Devin Jackson have volunteered through Junior Achievement’s classroom programs in Washington.

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Junior Achievement offers dozens of different kinds of programs and many ways to volunteer. Kim Poole and Bill Scheffel from our Escondido office presented about the finances of cities to third grade students at Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary School in Vista, for example. They covered topics like taxes, revenue, banking, small businesses, municipalities and how all of these parts work together. Their coworkers, Cindy Thomas, Erin Brosch and Taryn Diehl (as well as Bill Scheffel) also volunteered in a classroom at Willow Grove Elementary in Poway.

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The JA programs focus primarily on work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Most schools don’t dedicate much or any curriculum time to these topics. Since students at low-income schools may have even less opportunity for financial education, Junior Achievement focuses primarily on these schools, though not exclusively.

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Amber, who worked with fifth graders at BizTown said, “They worked hard, and their excitement was contagious.” She hopes to volunteer again.

For BizTown, the fifth graders have had in-class sessions with volunteers before they attend so that they’re prepared. “Prior to the day, they get some education from Junior Achievement presentations from kindergarten on,” says Tom. “BizTown is the reward for all that instruction.” The students and the volunteers also receive instruction booklets when they arrive at BizTown.

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Tom, who has volunteered with Junior Achievement for many years and in several capacities, including instructing the personal finance curriculum to high schoolers through Junior Achievement’s in-class program, says he continues to enjoy giving back to the kids. “It’s a win-win. I like working with kids, and it amazes me what some kids know and do. Some get so involved during BizTown that they don’t even want to go on break.”

Amber concurred, adding, “They were really responsible and took the experience very seriously.”

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Darla helped run the San Diego Union Tribune shop at BizTown with students from San Diego’s Jamacha neighborhood. Four of the kids published a newspaper, which included photos, an editorial article, an interview with the Mayor and articles about two of the businesses in Biz Town.

“It was a very busy and fun experience,” said Darla, who was impressed by the kids in her shop, saying they “were smart and did the work.”

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It’s easy to be a Junior Achievement volunteer. “Junior Achievement gives you all the materials in a packet, as well as all the lessons and video tutorials for classroom sessions,” said, Kim. “They walk you through it completely.”

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Kim was hooked after her first classroom experience volunteering for Junior Achievement. “I realized I have all the tools available to help teach these kids. They need to go out in the world with the financial strength to make the decisions they need to make and to understand them.” In addition to that, she says, “And it’s so much fun!”

“I was nervous!” Lisa readily admits feeling before her classroom teaching assignment through Junior Achievement. But, she says, “JA really prepares you for the classes. They have great training materials and it only takes about 20 minutes to read through them.”  Lisa taught a third grade class about city planning. The class met for 45 minutes once a week for five weeks.

One night, after the program had ended, Lisa experienced something that confirmed the impact volunteering can have. She was at a restaurant with her family when she passed by a table where two young girls were having dinner with their mother. One of the girls looked up at Lisa, smiled and said, “Hi!” Lisa immediately recognized her as one of her students from her JA class.

Lisa stopped to talk to her. Her mother asked who she was, and the young girl eagerly answered, “She is the Junior Achievement teacher!” Lisa felt so good that the student remembered her. “This made me realize how important volunteering is, and how much of an impact you can have in a child’s life.”

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Regents Bank Vancouver Office Promotes Devin Jackson to Vice President

 

Regents Bank Vancouver Vice President Devin Jackson

Devin Jackson, Vice President Regents Bank, Vancouver, WA.

Regents Bank has announced that Devin Jackson has been promoted to Vice President. Devin has been with Regents for seven years and works out of the Vancouver, WA branch office.

A Vancouver native, Devin graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University as a business major in finance. He has assisted many small and medium size businesses throughout Clark County and Southwest Washington using Regents Bank’s consultative approach to banking. He takes the time up front to truly understand his client’s goals and then helps implement personally designed strategies to ensure his clients reach those goals.

Devin can be reached at djackson@regentsbank.com or by calling 360-418-0482. Everyone at Regents Bank congratulates Devin on his well deserved promotion and we appreciate the personal attention and effort he provides to each of his clients.

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Regents Bank Vancouver Supports “Money Smart Week 2012”

 

Regents Bank Vancouver Vice President Devin Jackson

Devin Jackson, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Regents Bank, Vancouver, WA

Saying we are a Community Bank means a lot to us at Regents Bank. Our employees, our families, and our customers all share a common bond: to make our city a place where both families and businesses can thrive and a place where we can all enjoy a high standard of living. Regents has a long history of community involvement in all of the communities which we serve. Our employees are very active in a large number of charitable and civic organizations. A number of these can be found in a previous post from this blog, “Charitable Involvement”.

Devin Jackson, Assistant Vice President/Commercial Lending Officer at Regents Bank’s Vancouver office is a board member with the Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization that was created to fund the continued development and enhancement of quality library services in the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District.

The Vancouver library is hosting a week-long series of workshops discussing personal finances in conjunction with the national program “Money Smart Week 2012”.

The workshops are free to the public and will be held at the Vancouver Community Library at 901 C Street in Vancouver. They will start on Tuesday April 24th and will run through Saturday, April 28th.

Topics are designed to help people manage their personal finances and will include:

  • Tuesday, April 24, 6-7:30 pm: Budgeting & Saving
  • Wednesday, April 25, 6-7:30 pm: Credit & Debt
  • Thursday, April 26, 6-7:30 pm: Get the Facts: Separating the facts from myths of buying and owning a home.
  • Friday, April 27, 4-5:30 pm: Personal Finance for the Young Consumer: Money tips and advice for high school students.
  • Saturday, April 28, 10:30 am-12:30 pm: Compound Interest: Is it working for or against you?

The link for the National Money Smart Week Facebook page is:
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For a complete schedule of events:
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For further information on Money Smart Week 2012 feel free to contact Devin at 360-418-0482 or the Vancouver Community Library at  360-906-5106.

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Regents Banks’ Devin Jackson Selected for the Esteemed “Accomplished & Under 40 Class of 2011”

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Devin Jackson, Regents Bank, Vancouver, WA

On Friday, October 14th Devin Jackson, Assistant Vice President/Commercial  Lending Officer at Regents Bank, Vancouver, WA was named as a recipient of the prestigious “Accomplished & Under 40 Class of 2011.”

The Vancouver Business Journal announced the selection criteria,This year’s class was determined by an 11-member selection committee, comprised of former honorees.  The committee reviewed candidates based on demonstrated professional accomplishments, leadership abilities, efforts on behalf of local nonprofits, community involvement and positive feedback from clients, fellow employees and supervisors.”

Regents Bank CEO Dan Yates stated, “I consider Devin one of our Bank’s most highly valued assets.  It has been my pleasure to work with him for the past 6 years and have watched him mature into one of our star performers. Devin has been promoted numerous times over the years and is currently serving Regents Bank’s clients as an Assistant Vice president wherein he manages a large portfolio of local business relationships within the Vancouver Market. Devon has a strong work ethic and exemplifies a sense of integrity and honesty that clients and colleagues admire and respect him for.”

Devin joined Regents Bank in 2005 and through his initiative has developed the skills needed to manage a diversified client portfolio.  He has developed a significant number of new business relationships through his community involvement and by sharpening his credit skills over the years.

A Vancouver, Washington native, he attended Gonzaga University in Spokane,Washington where he received a degree in Finance and graduated magna cum laude. In addition to his responsibilities at Regents Bank, Devin gives much of his free time to community service. Devin has been actively involved in the Big Brother Big Sister program for the past four years, is a Treasurer of his Home Owner’s Association and is an assistant financial officer at his church. He is also an active member in the Vancouver Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals of Vancouver organizations.

Devin was named the recipient of the 2010 George C. Marshall Public Leadership Award by The Fort Vancouver National Trust, which describes the award accordingly, “The Marshall Public Leadership Award honors the legacy of General George C. Marshall as one of Fort Vancouver National Trust’s Celebrate Freedom programs. Candidates for the Marshall Award must be Clark County residents, 35 or under and have completed a four-year college degree. Selection is based on leadership ability, academic achievement and potential for an active role in public service.”

Regents Bank is very proud of Devin’s professional and personal accomplishments and offers sincere congratulations for this very well deserved recognition.

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