Financial Education Innovation Award

Bank among 25 financial institutions honored at Nasdaq in New York City

The Luxonomist. 20/04/2015
BBVA Compass Innovation in Financial Education Award by Nasdaq and EverFi
BBVA Compass Director of Sustainability & Reputation Rita Garza accepted the Innovation in Financial Education Award by Nasdaq and EverFi. (PRNewsFoto/BBVA Compass) Click for more information

BBVA Compass was honored this week with the Innovation in Financial Education Award by Nasdaq and EverFi for its significant efforts to improve the financial capability of young Americans.

BBVA Compass and 24 other financial institutions nationwide were selected by Nasdaq and EverFi — a technology education firm — based on a set of criteria that included the scale and reach of their financial education initiatives, the duration of their commitments and unique employee volunteering activities that supplement their programs. They were honored april 14 during an awards ceremony at Nasdaq’s MarketSite headquarters in New York City.

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Former NBA play John Lucas poses for a photogrpah with students during a financial education and success program sponsored by NBA Cares and BBVA Compass at Crespo Elementary School (Photo:Houston Independent School District). Click for more information

«Teaching young people how to manage their money and understand the calculus of a good financial decision is one of our most important obligations», said BBVA Compass Chairman and CEO Manolo Sanchez. «We’ve used EverFi’s program to give nearly 44,000 students, many of them in low-income school districts, the knowledge they need to build better futures».

The web-based program uses the latest in new media technology — simulations, gaming and adaptive-pathing — to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. It allows students to learn through computers and tablets how to make choices in real-life scenarios to best achieve their goals around saving and job planning.

BBVA Compass Financial Education
Twenty-six volunteers from BBVA Compass took time out of their day to teach JA’s financial literacy programs to kindergarten through fifth grade students at Hyde Grove Elementary. (Photo: Junior Achievement of North Florida). Click for more information

«The institutions we’re recognizing have led exceptional efforts to rethink how financial education is taught in our nation’s schools», said EverFi Founder and CEO Tom Davidson. «Our global competitiveness is dependent on the next generation understanding how the economy works and how to achieve financial security in their lives. We are grateful to the organizations that are helping pave a brighter future for students today.»

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