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Teach Children to Save Virtually

American Riviera Bank - Santa Barbara, California

2020 Community Commitment Awards Submission

  • Entry Category: Financial Education
  • Asset Size: Small

Our bank hadn't participated in the ABA's Teach Children to Save program in several years but we decided to bring it back this year. However, when schools on the Central Coast were closed the week before Spring Break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and there was talk about moving to online classes after the Break, those plans were thwarted. We didn't want to give up on the program entirely, which meant we had to quickly adjust our methods and resources so we could take our program online.We reached out to the ABA for permission to use the materials in a less orthodox way and, in less than a month, were able to roll out an online program using social media platforms to reach the students of our community. Lessons can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLuhwnP-zC9LdTEjtYt-aUZMc_1CqLK3CJ. As a result, we were invited by the ABA to participate in a podcast and webinar to share our experiences with other banks looking to do something similar. ABA Podcast can be accessed here: https://bankingjournal.aba.com/2020/04/podcast-financial-literacy-and-social-distancing/. ABA Webinar can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkrTHfb_hQ0.