Pioneer Bank and Junior Achievement Celebrate Success of Partnership that Brought Financial Literacy Programming to 400 Troy City School District Students


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Pioneer Bank and Junior Achievement volunteers educated K-5 students on understanding and managing finances in dozens of sessions throughout the spring semester


Albany, New York - Pioneer Bank and Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York recently celebrated the completion of a program that provided hundreds of K-5 students in the Troy City School District with the building blocks of financial literacy.

This program assisted nearly 400 students over the course of the spring semester by cultivating an understanding of the basic functions of finance in the day-to-day world. Topics covered in the classes differed depending upon the age group, but were focused on financial literacy, work-readiness and entrepreneurship.

Over the course of the partnership, Pioneer Bank volunteers visited classrooms at least five times for each grade level, providing dozens of hours of volunteer instruction. During this time, Pioneer Bank volunteers taught elementary students about the basic function of money in a community, including but not limited to needs, wants, credit and debit, business plans, investing, goods, services, production, and more.

This was the first year that Junior Achievement and Pioneer Bank partnered in this capacity.

"Giving back to our communities is a tenet of Pioneer Bank, and we are proud to provide Capital Region children with programming that builds a solid foundation on which to build their financial futures,” said Pioneer Bank President and CEO Thomas Amell.

"Junior Achievement's work helps build stronger communities by enabling a brighter future for children everywhere," said Jesse Tomczak, Pioneer Bank Executive Vice President & Chief Customer Experience Officer. "We are delighted to partner with such a respected organization to make an investment in children's lives locally."

"We are so grateful for Pioneer Bank's commitment to our youth in the Capital Region by encouraging their employees to deliver our programs. We could not provide this benefit to our young people were it not for the corporate volunteers who deliver our programs in the classroom every day. We are working together to help students become workforce ready positioning them for future success” said Tovah Lisky, President, Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York, Inc.


About Pioneer Bank — As a leading financial institution in New York's Capital Region, Pioneer Bank manages more than $1 billion in assets and operates 22 branches locally. Recognized as a "Best Places to Work” by the Albany Business Review six years running, Pioneer Bank delivers a world-class working environment for its employees and is continually evolving to meet the needs of its customers by offering new products, services and leading technologies. Pioneer Bank has earned a Five Star rating from Bauer Financial Inc. each quarter for more than a quarter-century – something only 5 percent of U.S. banks can claim. As the region's only mutual bank, Pioneer Bank is committed to giving back to the communities in which it serves through the Pioneer Bank Foundation, which provides resources to nonprofit organizations that help improve the quality of life for children in the Capital Region. For more information on Pioneer Bank, please visit

About Junior Achievement - Junior Achievement is the world's largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their future, and make smart academic and economic choices. This year Junior Achievement celebrates 100 years of service to young people. JA programs are delivered by corporate and community volunteers, and provide relevant, hands-on experiences that give students from kindergarten through high school knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship. Today, JA reaches nearly five million students per year in 107 markets across the United States, with an additional six million students served by operations in 100 other countries worldwide. Junior Achievement of Northeastern New York serves 11 counties in the region. Its programs reach 12,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade and provide young people with knowledge and skills in financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.