Investing in Our Youth

 

We're always ready to help our next generation learn, grow, and succeed. Here's how we walk the walk with them...every step of the way!

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Local Funding for Local Education

We support local education through the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program (EITC) program. This enables us to use tax credits to fund local education initiatives.

What does that mean for our youth?

  • $200,000 for a Tech Theater Production program in our high schools
  • $163,000 to 18 local education programs in 2020

We also fund local programs like these:

  • Camp Victory, a camp for seriously ill children
  • STEM programs
  • Scholarships to private schools








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Promoting Financial Education in the Classroom

Who better understands the value of establishing good money management skills than your local bank?

We're partnered with EverFi, Inc., the nation's leading education technology company, to bring an interactive, web-based financial management education program to students at Southern Columbia High School, Benton High School, Millville High School, Columbia Montour Area Vocational Technical School, and Central Columbia High School—at no cost to the schools or taxpayers.

First Columbia's educational support doesn't stop there - we offer scholarship awards annually to graduating seniors at each of our area high schools.

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Inspiring Success

First Columbia is always looking for new ways to have a meaningful impact on the lives of our young people – and know that motivation can come from many places. We’ve been able to host speakers to work with our youth and expand their world views.

Soccer star and member of the US women's soccer team Carli Lloyd spoke about her rise to the national stage and the challenges and obstacles she overcame.

Former NBA star Chris Herren met with 3,600 local high school students and candidly discussed his struggle with addiction and his journey to recovery.









First Columbia's No Bench-Warmer

To show our support of school athletics and healthy active lifestyles, we get in the game with sponsorships for:

  • Our area’s Little League organizations
  • New & updated scoreboards at local high schools
  • Bloomsburg University athletic scholarships
  • Our local YMCAs
  • And more...

































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Keeping Music Alive in Our Schools

Our most popular program, the First Columbia Bank Teen Star Musical Competition, is something we all look forward to each year! While we could simply “cut a check” to support the schools’ music programs, we choose to create a rewarding and exciting experience for students—and a great afternoon of entertainment for our entire community.

Wanting to do more to support area youth and promote music and the performing arts in our schools, the Bank created this musical competition for high school students back in 2011—and it’s still going strong. Since its debut, FCBT has donated more than $40,000 in ticket proceeds back to high school music departments and awarded another $45,000 to the winners and finalists. And most recently in 2020, Teen Star raised $106,000 for our local charity, AGAPE!

Tune in to watch our upcoming virtual finale broadcasts on May 21st, 2021 and May 22nd, 2021. 

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Bringing Comfort & Joy to Children in Need

Our 200 employees always strive to carry our community-centered mission forward. You’ll often find many First Columbia employees giving back to the communities where we live & work through organizations and programs such as:

  • Toys for Tots
  • Columbia County Children & Youth Services Angel Tree Program
  • Children's Miracle Network
  • Camp Victory
  • Your Loving Choices
  • EOS Therapeutic Riding Center








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