Friday, November 25, 2011


Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest presented its latest Champion Grant to the Academy of Scholastic Achievement, 4651 West Madison Street, in Austin. A grant in the amount of $2,000 was presented to Gladys Simpson, founder and Chief Administrator of the alternative school, on Thursday, November 3, by Bernard D. Headley II, Community Lending Specialist for Community Bank.
The Academy of Scholastic Achievement is a nonprofit public alternative high school providing quality educational instruction to high school dropouts and students who are disconnected from traditional public schools. The school was founded in 1978 and is a campus of Youth Connection Charter School.
With Community Bank’s Champion Grant, ASA will provide up to 50 students and their families with job-readiness training via online courses. ASA will also conduct three workshops focused on resume writing, effective interviewing and financial literacy. The goal is to ensure that students and families are prepared to launch successful job searches and that they have the skills, knowledge, and resources to manage their money, avoid debt, establish positive credit, and build asset wealth.
The purpose of Champion Grants is to assist not-for-profit organizations and agencies provide community outreach programs for low and moderate income individuals. Through the Champion Grant, Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest encourages growth and support in economically challenged communities. Champion Grants are awarded to outstanding organizations throughout the year. Champion Grant application and qualifications are available on the Community Bank website at Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest was organized in 1996 as a locally-owned bank. The bank has two locations: 1001 Lake Street, Oak Park; and 7777 Lake Street, River Forest.

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