Univest Bank and Trust Co. educated 5,406 students through its financial literacy initiatives during the 2017-2018 academic year. Two dozen employees visited more than 15 local schools and youth organizations to teach age-appropriate lessons about saving money and making smart financial choices.
Last fall, Univest participated in the American Bankers Association’s Get Smart About Credit Day. This national campaign raises awareness about the importance of using credit wisely with young people. Univest employees visited local high schools to teach 1,500 students about the importance of having good credit, budgeting, and how to make smart financial decisions.
The bank also participated in the American Bankers Association’s Teach Children To Save Day. This national campaign, which occurs every April during financial literacy month, aims to help young people develop a savings habit early in life and encourages smarter financial choices later in life. Univest employees visited local schools to teach lessons to 2,300 students in kindergarten through 8th grades. The presentations included ways to earn money, the importance of saving, and needs versus wants in decision-making.
Through its partnership with EverFi, a leading education technology company that provides real world education to learners of all ages through innovative and scalable digital learning, Univest delivered tailored financial education to eleven local schools in an effort to improve the students’ financial proficiency. This year, the program reached more than 1,400 students who completed 3,627 hours of critical learning. The courses are designed to empower learners to make safe, smart and informed financial decisions leading to a successful financial future. Students learn financial lessons through a variety of curriculum, including online modules focused in critical financial areas such as applying for a loan, investing and more. Univest sponsors the program to offer access to the curriculum at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.
“Our communities need increased financial education and we believe it should start with our youth,” said Jeff Schweitzer, president and CEO, Univest Corporation. “Teaching our children these important concepts can help them establish and maintain healthy financial habits that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to the programs mentioned, Univest also reached 200 children through lessons at local libraries and youth groups. If your school, club or other community organization is interested in scheduling a presentation, please contact Betsy Roush at 215-721-2522.
Univest Bank and Trust Co. teaches students about financial literacy and the importance of developing lifelong savings habits. Greg Taber, senior vice president and east group area manager at Univest Bank and Trust Co., and Jeff Schweitzer, president and CEO at Univest Corporation, are pictured with third grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School in Levittown.
About Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania
Univest Corporation of Pennsylvania (UVSP), including its wholly-owned subsidiary Univest Bank and Trust Co., Member FDIC, has approximately $4.6 billion in assets and $3.4 billion in assets under management and supervision through its Wealth Management lines of business as of March 31, 2018. Headquartered in Souderton, Pa. and founded in 1876, the Corporation and its subsidiaries provide a full range of financial solutions for individuals, businesses, municipalities and nonprofit organizations in the Mid-Atlantic Region. Univest delivers these services through a network of more than 50 offices in southeastern Pennsylvania extending to the Lehigh Valley and Lancaster, as well as in New Jersey and Maryland and online at www.univest.net.