02 July 2013
President’s Letter: Financial Education for Nevada’s Future

Letter from Dallas Haun

If we’ve learned anything from the financial crisis, it’s the importance of, and the need for, financial education. As the state’s oldest and largest state-chartered bank, Nevada State Bank takes very seriously our responsibility to educate the communities we serve, on topics from budgeting and saving to preventing identity theft and using credit wisely.  Each year, volunteers from Nevada State Bank teach an average of 2,900 students through our collaboration with more than 100 local agencies.

That’s why I was so proud to recognize 80 Nevada State Bank colleagues from Southern Nevada at our annual Financial Literacy Volunteer Recognition luncheon.  From June 2012 through May 2013, they taught 294 financial literacy classes through Junior Achievement®, Nevada State Bank’s “Banking on Your Future” program, and Get Smart About Credit and Teach Children to Save® (both programs of the American Bankers Association®).   Our outreach to the small business community included over 300 hours through collaborations with SCORE and Business Opportunity Workforce Development (BOWD).

In addition to volunteering at local schools, our colleagues support non-profit community partners by teaching lessons to their clients and by holding Train the Trainers classes for their staff.  These agencies include: The Shade Tree, Girl Scouts® of Southern Nevada, Youth Offender Court, H.O.P.E. Court, Women’s Development Center, Latin Chamber of Commerce, New Bethany Family Worship Center, Catholic Charities, Southern Nevada Regional Housing, Special Alternatives for Family and Youth of Nevada (SAFY), College of Southern Nevada, HopeLink, Nevada Rural Housing Authority, Ethiopian Community Development Council, and The Center, among many others.

Our financial education efforts also include free webinars to further educate small business owners and consumers.  I’d like to invite you to visit archived versions of our webinars at www.NevadaSmallBusiness.com.

It’s important that financial education starts at an early age in our schools, which is why we make a special effort to encourage our colleagues to teach Junior Achievement and Teach Children to Save lessons in elementary schools throughout the state.  In addition to teaching the next generation of Nevadans sound financial principles, these volunteer hours also bring a lot of satisfaction to our colleagues.  I can tell you from personal experience that being in a classroom and seeing the inquisitive, wide-eyed wonder and enthusiasm of these youngsters is just plain fun.

Like my colleagues here at Nevada State Bank, I’m already looking forward to the next school year.  Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy your summer and take some time to relax and enjoy yourself with family and friends.

Best Regards,

Dallas Haun

President & CEO

Nevada State Bank

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