At the end of last year, Dave Motley, President of Colonial, was approached by Randal Mays, President of Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail to explore ways in which the bank could renew its involvement with JA through their Volunteer Engagement Program.

From those initial discussions grew the design for a multifaceted instruction program to be launched as the 2016 school year got underway. In October, Colonial's JA Financial Literacy Program was underway with two schools in the Fort Worth Independent School District (FWISD). This year we will be providing instructions at Stripling Middle School and Trimble Tech High School.

Junior-Achievement-Trimble-Tech-web.jpgRobert Turner, Vice President, CRA Officer/Fair Lending Manager is the coordinator of this year's Junior Achievement sessions.

Janet Walter, VP of Marketing is serving as the Team Leader of the Trimble Tech High School Group. James McGee, Senior Compliance Officer is the co-coordinator for Trimble Tech High School. Other team members for the high school students are:

Tracy Cole – Production Operations Manager VP

Sabine Wade – Underwriting Manager

Brent Davis – DFW Commercial Banking President

Drew Byrne – Director of Digital Media

Marvin Duckett – Audit Coordinator

Ken Majka, VP of Compliance is serving as the Team Leader for the Stripling Middle School group of volunteers. Other team members are:

Mahlon Meier – Sr. Compliance Analyst (Primary presenter)

Jim DuBose – Chairman of the Board

Brent Davis – DFW Commercial Banking PresidentJunior-Achievement-Stripling-web.jpg

Jerry Payne – Senior Relationship Manager

Tracy Cole – Production Operations Manager VP

Sabrina Williams – Manager of HR Diversity and Inclusion

The focus of the curriculum in this cycle will be covering "Banking Basics for Students" and will also highlight career options in the banking industry.  

Headquartered in Fort Worth, Junior Achievement (JA) of the Chisholm Trail was founded in 1956. Since its inception, JA has grown to more than 150 sponsoring companies serving more than 28,000 students annually.

JA offers activity-based, interactive instruction that focuses on entrepreneurship, financial literacy as well as career and college readiness.

Thank you to all the Colonial volunteers for assisting with this wonderful program. Teaching financial literacy, savings tips and the value of educating oneself about finances will be an invaluable tool for these students for the rest of their lives.