BRANDMORTGAGE and BRANDBANK Celebrate with 125+ Gwinnett County high school seniors on their successful completion of the newly launched financial literacy program

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BrandMortgage and BrandBank launched a new Financial Literacy initiative called BrandAcademy, which has a primary focus of bringing financial literacy education to high school students across Gwinnett County in Georgia. The online Financial Literacy learning platform is powered by EverFi. On Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:30am, BrandMortgage and BrandBank will host a Certificate of Completion Ceremony at Meadowcreek High School to certify 125+ high school seniors on their successful completion of the online Financial Literacy platform.

As a financial services provider, we believe it is our responsibility to provide innovative and engaging tools for our youth that will catapult their generation into being financially responsible citizens, BrandBank VP, Comm. Dev. Officer, Deirdra Cox.

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BrandMortgage and BrandBank today launched their new initiative called BrandAcademy, which brings financial literacy education to high school students across Gwinnett County in Georgia, by providing them with access to the EverFi online Financial Literacy learning platform. BrandMortgage and BrandBank will be hosting a Certification of Completion Ceremony at Meadowcreek High School in Norcross Georgia on Monday, April 29, 2013 from 10:30am-1:30pm for 125+ high school students who have successfully completed the online literacy modules. This web-based program uses the latest in new media technology – Level 4 simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing, to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, financially responsible citizens. BrandMortgage and BrandBank have partnered with EverFi, Inc. to bring this interactive financial management program to Gwinnett County high school students at no cost to the schools. So far 20 Gwinnett County high schools have been given access to the financial literacy learning platform.

“As a provider of financial services we saw the need to partner with our schools to provide them access to innovative and engaging tools that can be used in the classroom to empower our youth with the knowledge and resources required to make sound and responsible financial decisions. We have a responsibility to partner with educators and parents to educate and empower the next generation of financially responsible retail bank customers, consumers and homeowners. We believe this level of collaboration between the private and public sector is needed to build strong communities”, said BrandBank VP, Community Development Officer, Deirdra Cox.

The 10-unit course offers approximately six hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401k’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides students who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction on college applications and resumes.

“From the small rural towns to major cities across the US, EverFi technology is literally transforming how students learn, and we are incredibly grateful for the public-private partnerships that make this possible,” said EverFi CEO Thomas Davidson. “Brand is critical to the success of our mission to ensure that these cutting-edge tools reach all communities.”

About BrandMortgage and BrandBank
BrandMortgage is far more than a trusted full-service lender that offers a suite of mortgage financing options like FHA, VA, Conventional Jumbo, and portfolio products. Although we are a wholly owned subsidiary of BrandBank – a historic financial institution established in Georgia in 1905 – BrandMortgage and BrandBank take great pride in their independence and youthful optimism. With strong roots in the past and a firm footing in the future, they have combined an old-fashioned sense of community with a progressive attitude towards the use of innovative lending and financial services products. By offering a growing inventory of mortgage and financial services products, Brand leads the charge in the Georgia community banking footprint for being on the leading edge in the areas of community growth and customer satisfaction.
Learn more at http://www.thebrandbank.com
http://www.brandmortgage.com

About EverFi
EverFi is the leading education technology platform company to teach, assess, and certify students in critical skills including Financial Literacy, Student Loan Management, Digital Literacy, and Health and Wellness. The company is powering a national movement in 50 states that enables students to learn using the latest technology, including rich media, gaming, high-definition video, and simulations. EverFi teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to schools. To date, more than 4 million students have completed EverFi learning platforms. Learn more at http://www.everfi.com.

Media Contact:
Deirdra Cox
Brand Bank
(770) 822-2086
dcox(at)thebrandbank(dot)com

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