News from First Bank of Highland Park
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IDENTITY PROTECTION SHREDDING EVENT
Friday April 26, 2013 • 10 am - 2 pm
Join us in the parking lot of our Highland Park location while Glenkirk Services shreds your old documents free of charge. Customers are limited to five grocery bags of papers.
First Bank of Highland Park’s Junior Banking Ambassadors program was recently named a top pick by NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website committed to promoting financial literacy and spreading the word about consumer-friendly banking.
“Community banks are famous for being small business lending leaders, but many people don’t know that they also provide fabulous financial literacy resources for their communities,” says Laura Edgar, NerdWallet’s Content and Media Manager. “The Junior Banking Ambassadors program is the only in-schools program we’ve seen that puts kids in charge of financial literacy classes. We think that’s an incredibly creative teaching strategy.”
NerdWallet is an unbiased personal finance website committed to spreading the word about consumer-friendly banking. They have crunched the numbers, and community banks beat the big banks almost every time, especially when it comes to affordability and perks.
We’re proud to be one of NerdWallet’s top picks.
The mission of the Junior Banking Ambassador program was to educate children on fiscal responsibility which they used to pass along to their peers, families and communities.
Children from St. James School in Highwood, IL were the first school to participate in this year long initiative by First Bank of Highland Park in promoting financial literacy for youth. This program was conducted throughout the course of the 2011-2012 school year. The Junior Banking Ambassadors were trained monthly by First Bank of Highland Park Banking Professionals in age appropriate financial literacy. Once trained on a topic, Junior Bankers were then able to give in class presentations to their schoolmates.
The curriculum used for this program was developed by the FDIC called Money Smart for Young Adults.
The four sections covered for the age range that was targeted in this pilot program, 6th-8th grades, included:
- Bank on It- students learn about banking basics.
- Check it Out- helps students understand checking accounts.
- Setting Financial Goals- shows students how to manage their money by preparing a personal spending plan and identifying ways to decrease spending and increase income.
- Pay Yourself First- helps students identify ways to save money.
If your school would be interested in participating in our Junior Banking Program please contact Kelcey Liverpool, email@example.com.
First Bank of Highland Park is proud to be the recipient of the 2012 Thiel Award for Leadership & Social Responsibility. The YMCA Strong Kids Campaign is a financial aid fund that ensures that all children and families are able to benefit from the Y’s programs and services regardless of their financial situation.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NORTH SUBURBAN YMCA CALL: (847)272-7250
First Bank of Highland Park is proud to be the recipient of the 2012 Martha Freeman Friend of the Family Award. Family Network, a Family Focus Center, is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian, family support agency open to all regardless of ability to pay or geographic location. Their mission is to promote the well being of children from birth by supporting and strengthening their families in and with their community.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT FAMILY NETWORK CALL (847)433-0377
Each year Community Partners for Affordable Housing (CPAH) honors an organization with its annual Community Partner Award. The award recognizes an organization that has demonstrated (1) exemplary leadership, (2) commitment, (3) community service and/or (4) significant charitable contributions that promote diverse, vibrant and sustainable communities through the development and preservation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income households. It is a great honor to know that the CPAH Board of Directors unanimously voted to select First Bank of Highland Park as the 2012 recipient.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT CPAH CALL: (847)681-8746
An unfortunate reality of the Information Age is that data from debit and credit card transactions can be intercepted by thieves and used in fraudulent financial activity. As your bank, we take great precautions to safeguard your privacy, but many retail and service businesses still fall victim to fraudulent activity and data breaches. Fortunately, you can take a few common sense steps to protect yourself against fraudulent activity and data breaches.
First, it is always good practice to review your monthly statements. This was good practice fifty years ago, and it is good practice today. If you find anything that appears unusual, notify the bank and we will take appropriate action.
Second, there is a clearing house that contains information regarding electronic privacy breaches www.privacyrights.org , and you can regularly check it to stay informed on a comprehensive list of reported data breaches nationwide.
We take your financial security very seriously, and we truly value your business.
Online Banking, Bill Paying and Shopping are convenience that most people want to enjoy. If you would like more information, see FDIC Article, "Online Banking, Bill Paying and Shopping : 10 ways to protect your money".