The Charlotte Observer published an article today announcing that Bank of America will provide $1 million in funding to over twenty local education organizations in Charlotte including Citizen Schools. Communities in Schools, A Child's Place, Freedom School Partners and Classroom Central were also named as recipients. Citizen Schools and others were selected based on increasing academic achievement, mentoring students and minimizing drop-out rates. Commenting on the bank's schools initiative, North Carolina and Charlotte market president Charles Bowman said, "...we feel it's imperative to support organizations that provide innovative solutions."
Since 2006, Bank of America has provided a great deal of support to Citizen Schools North Carolina as well as other regions within Citizen Schools' national network. More than 54 Bank of America employees have taught a combined 24 apprenticeships through our two Charlotte programs at Eastway Middle School and Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School - and over half of those employees committed to more than one semester of volunteering. These volunteer Citizen Teachers have shared their time and expertise with middle school students covering topics such as financial product development, event planning, financial journalism, entrepreneurship, world cultures, visual art, and even conflict resolution. "Brand You" is one example of a Bank of America-led apprenticeship, and you can learn more about it here.