First Security Continues to Support Financial Education in Local Schools
First Security Bank & Trust today released annual impact data for the financial education curriculum it provides to nine local schools across North Iowa. The digital courses, which are made available to schools at no cost through First Security’s relationship with leading social impact education innovator EVERFI, supported distance learning amidst widespread school closures driven by the COVID-19 pandemic in the 2019-20 academic year.
Since launching their program in 2010, First Security has successfully grown their program and its impact on students, schools, and local communities. In the 2019 – 2020 school year alone, more than 300 students have taken the course in nine local schools. Some of the impressive highlights from the 2019 - 2020 school year include:
- 390 students actively participating
- 9 schools actively participating
- 1,602 hours of learning time
- 67% knowledge gain for high school students who took this course
“This is happening despite the impact of the coronavirus-related shutdowns,” said Matt Bradley, First Security Marketing and Communications Manager. “In fact, from the beginning of March through the end of the last school year, we delivered 49 hours of learning. We’re committed to using the experience gained last spring to ensure this financial education continues in the 2020 school year – no matter where that learning takes place.”
First Security’s sponsorship of EVERFI financial education is designed to equip students with critical education on topics such as funding college, making a budget, and investing for retirement. It’s information students need to confidently and successfully navigate our evolving world. While school curricula are typically focused on core subjects, it is believed that also teaching important life skills plays an important role in addressing some of the educational gaps that are necessary to bridge for overall societal advancement.
Schools receiving EVERFI courses sponsored by First Security in the 2019 – 2020 school year:
- Aplington-Parkersburg High School
- Central Springs High School
- Charles City Middle School
- Hampton-Dumont High School
- North Butler High School
- Northwood-Kensett Jr-Sr High School
- Riceville High School
- Rockford Jr-Sr High School
- West Fork High School
About EVERFI, Inc.
EVERFI is an international technology company driving social change through education to address the most challenging issues affecting society ranging from financial wellness to prescription drug safety to workplace conduct and other critical topics. Founded in 2008, EVERFI is fueled by its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) community engagement platform and has reached more than 41 million learners globally. Recognized as one of the World's Most Innovative Companies by Fast Company in 2020, EVERFI powers community engagement in a sustained manner to empower individuals and organizations to make an impact within their communities. The Company also convenes Networks to bring together financial institutions, colleges, and universities, and some of the largest corporations to leverage insights and connections to drive impact. Some of America's leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EVERFI investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt, Twitter founder Evan Williams, as well as Advance, Rethink Education Rethink Impact, The Rise Fund, and TPG Growth. To learn more about EVERFI visit everfi.com.