Junior Achievement (JA) of Tampa Bay has appointed Kevin Sweeney, Vice President/Banking Center Sales Manager II at American Momentum Bank, as chairperson of the nonprofitâ€™s Connections Board for 2022.
JA of Tampa Bayâ€™s 40-member Connections Board focuses on cultivating corporate partnerships throughout the region that support the nonprofit through fundraising and volunteers. Sweeney has served as a member of the Connections Board for the past three years and has been actively involved in JA of Tampa Bay for over 25 years.
â€œWeâ€™re hopeful that in 2022 the Connections Board will see a return to more in-person events and activities,â€ Sweeney said. â€œThat will be a priority for not only reinvigorating camaraderie among board members and volunteers, but also in increasing our community visibility and fundraising efforts.â€
Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay serves 13 counties, including those in the greater Tampa Bay area. A volunteer-driven organization, the nonprofit empowers the futures of local students by giving them the knowledge and skills they need to manage their money, plan for their future, and make smart academic, career and economic choices. Volunteers work with students in their classrooms and at special events, including JA BizTown and JA Finance Park.
â€œVolunteering with JA has been very rewarding â€“ I consider it an investment in the future to teach kids about financial literacy,â€ Sweeney said. â€œIf Iâ€™d had a resource like this when I was growing up, it would have been very helpful.â€
American Momentum Bank has also offered corporate support to JA of Tampa Bay over the years, including donating $3,500 to the nonprofit since this summer. In addition, many bank associates have served as classroom volunteers over the years, delivering financial literacy programs to kindergarten through twelfth-grade students in the Tampa Bay and surrounding markets.
About American Momentum Bank
American Momentum Bank, a Texas-chartered banking association with total assets of $2.7 billion as of Sept. 30, 2021, provides comprehensive products and services for businesses and individuals. American Momentum Bank has 18 full-service banking centers in Texas and nine full-service banking centers in Florida. American Momentum Bankâ€™s strong capitalization, superior asset quality and experienced management teams position it as one of the premier banks in each state. Visit www.americanmomentum.bank to learn more.
About Junior Achievement of Tampa Bay
In partnership with the education and business communities, Junior Achievement is using integrated learning models focused on career readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy. Weâ€™re bridging the gap between what students learn in the classroom and the real world. We work to empower the next generation with the knowledge, capacity and motivation to thrive and build a better future for themselves and their community.