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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Jump$tart Coalition has honored Charles Schwab Foundation President Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP®, with the William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award for Charles Schwab Foundation’s work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in making financial education interesting and relevant for hundreds of thousands of teens across America. The award was presented at Jump$tart’s Annual Awards Dinner last night in Washington, DC.
“Carrie had approached Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 2003 on behalf of Charles Schwab Foundation with the idea of developing a financial education program that would reach the disadvantaged youth of America,” said Roxanne Spillett, president and CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of America. “Together, we designed Money Matters: Make It CountSM, a curriculum that teaches the nuts and bolts of personal finance, presented in a way that’s relevant to all teens and their circumstances. Since its creation, more than a quarter of a million youth have participated in the program, and have benefitted by gaining a more solid foundation of financial preparedness. Our two organizations continue to work together under Carrie’s leadership to evolve and expand the program’s reach and opportunities to the millions of teens served through Boys & Girls Clubs. Carrie’s personal commitment and vision for financial literacy are among the key ingredients that have enabled the program to be so successful.”
The William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award was named in honor of Bill Odom, former chairman of Ford Motor Credit Company, whose vision led to the creation of the Jump$tart Coalition. The award recognizes individuals for their significant contribution to financial education, their leadership, vision and the length of their service to the financial literacy effort.
The Jump$tart Coalition is a Washington, DC-based not-for-profit organization that seeks to improve the personal financial literacy of students in kindergarten through college. It is a coalition of about 160 national organizations and a network of 49 affiliated state coalitions, which work individually, and collectively, to conduct and support financial education. Jump$tart is the original promoter of April as Financial Literacy Month.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has changed and saved lives, enabling young people to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve some 4 million children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs are located in neighborhoods throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing a wide variety of youth development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.
About Charles Schwab Foundation
Charles Schwab Foundation is a private, nonprofit organization funded by the Charles Schwab Corporation. Its mission is to create positive change through financial education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. More information is available at www.aboutschwab.com/community. (0411-2423)
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz has been honored by the Jump$tart Coalition for Charles Schwab Foundation’s work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America in making personal finance interesting and relevant for teens across the U.S.
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