Locally, we support the expansion of economic opportunity through two specific areas of focus in the communities of Springfield, Mass. and Enfield, Conn.:
Academic Achievement & Workforce Development: To improve the academic achievement and career preparedness for middle and high school students, we invest in programs that prepare students with 21st century skills to meet local workforce demands. We believe increased academic rigor and exposure to career education supports long-term job placement and economic stability.
Economic Development: To improve the economic and social well-being of the city of Springfield, we invest in programs that support Springfield’s budding entrepreneurial sector, advance development projects that stimulate and support economic growth, strengthen community infrastructure through capital investments, and enrich the cultural vitality of Springfield and Enfield by attracting residents and visitors through events that promote culture and the arts.
Nationally, we focus on financial education. Our investments aim to increase the financial knowledge and capability of over two million middle and high school students by 2020 with our FutureSmartSM program, as well as through local partnerships in the cities where we operate: Boston, Enfield, Memphis, Phoenix and Springfield. By beginning the conversation with students early, we help them learn the importance of savings, staying in school, going to college, career planning, and how each has a profound impact on their future financial success.