TAMPA, FL – Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay has announced today that it has received $50,000 from Bank of America for its newest learning experience, 3DE. This is the second consecutive year Bank of America is donating $50,000 to 3DE by Junior Achievement. Bank of America was a founding partner when this learning model launched last year in four Tampa Bay High schools. Junior Achievement’s partnership with Bank of America helped launch this transformational model and support systemic educational change to increase the region’s economic mobility. With over 1,000 3DE students participating this school year, and with a highly diverse student population that mirrors the demographics of the region, 3DE Schools is designed to help break down barriers for opportunity. Junior Achievement and 3DE schools bring relevance to learning through integrating industries and lifting competencies, which develop transferable skills and higher academic outcomes. This is achieved through case methodology application across all disciplines and the engagement of the broader business community as coaches, mentors and instructors.
Richard George, President of Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay stated, “We are so grateful for the support of Bank of America Tampa Bay. 3DE by Junior Achievement is providing our young people with the tools to transform their futures. Through this we are re-engineering high school education to be more relevant, experiential, and authentically connected to the complexities of the real world in order to more fully prepare today’s students for the demands of tomorrow’s economy.”
Last year, Bank of America volunteers served as coaches and mentors, catalyzed the relevancy of education, drove student engagement and helped develop a diverse workforce pipeline for the region’s economy. This year, Bank of America will not only volunteer time and talent, but will also be the focus of the last case challenge the tenth graders will complete this school year. The students will provide thoroughly researched solutions for real world problems the organization faces.
“We’re continuing to invest in our Tampa Bay community to help prepare youth for the workforce and to fuel economic opportunity,” said Bill Goede, President, Bank of America Tampa Bay. “During a time when education is more important than ever, partnering with organizations like Junior Achievement that offer unique learning opportunities supports the skills training needed to meet the demands for a diverse talent pipeline.”
In addition to Tampa Bay, Orlando and Palm Beach 3DE programs will receive support from Bank of America. The state-wide initiative will help 3DE students throughout Florida, enabling thousands of young people to participate in this innovative learning model and gain a meaningful education.
About Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay inspired 37,987 students with 615,597 Instructional Contact Hours through the support of 394 volunteers in 2020-2021 in the thirteen-county region. Junior Achievement is a for impact, non-profit organization that delivers K-12 programming for entrepreneurship, financial literacy and career readiness including two capstone programs of JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.
For more information on the organization, visit jatampabay.org
About Bank of America
At Bank of America, we’re guided by a common purpose to help make financial lives better, through the power of every connection. We’re delivering on this through responsible growth with a focus on our environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership. ESG is embedded across our eight lines of business and reflects how we help fuel the global economy, build trust and credibility, and represent a company that people want to work for, invest in and do business with. It’s demonstrated in the inclusive and supportive workplace we create for our employees, the responsible products and services we offer our clients, and the impact we make around the world in helping local economies thrive. An important part of this work is forming strong partnerships with nonprofits and advocacy groups, such as community, consumer and environmental organizations, to bring together our collective networks and expertise to achieve greater impact.