TAMPA – Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay) and Derrick Brooks Charities recently launched the “Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp” – a two-year financial literacy program for 10th grade students at Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School – a public charter high school with a goal of preparing students for post secondary success in a small, safe learning environment.
“We are delighted to work with Derrick Brooks Charities in a partnership that will be very valuable for their students and our community’s future leaders,” said Brian Lamb, president of Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay). “The skills they will acquire will help them make sound financial decisions long into the future – whether it’s saving for college, buying a home, or investing.”
The curriculum, designed by Dave Ramsey – personal finance expert and New York Times best-selling author – is titled “Foundations in Personal Finance.” Students will learn about savings, investment options, debt, budgeting, mortgages, insurance and other financial empowerment topics. Tony Sasso, membership banking officer at Fifth Third Bank (Tampa Bay), will lead the bi-weekly classes, along with local business leaders who will often guest speak.
“Brooks DeBartolo prepares its students for postsecondary success in a small learning environment, focusing on each student and their educational accomplishments,” said Derrick Brooks, a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for fourteen seasons, and founder of the Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High School. “This program will provide another way for our students to succeed while preparing for college and other important life accomplishments.”
At a kickoff event hosted at the high school the participating students enrolled in the program had the opportunity to meet Derrick Brooks and receive an autographed money box, along with $5 from Fifth Third Bank to encourage them to start saving early. The Brooks Bunch Business Bootcamp classes will begin October 2.
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