WYN/Capital Bank check

Western Youth Network Executive Director Jennifer Warren announced a $10,000 community development grant from Capital Bank to teach financial literacy to WYN students during its fourth annual Festival of Trees fundraiser. From left to right are, Jennifer Warren, Mellisa Duong, Jason Triplett and Joe Antonucci.

BOONE — Capital Bank, member of the First Horizon National Corp. family of companies, recently announced that Western Youth Network has received a $10,000 investment to support a financial literacy program for young people across five counties.

As part of the award, Capital Bank volunteers will share their expertise and teach five topics that cover dignity, budgeting, banking products and services, credit and investing.

“Financial literacy is a life-changing skill,” said Richard Shaffer, Capital Bank Community Banking Group President “We know that financial literacy is not often a topic that children learn in school or at home. Our goal is to help students become confident about money so that they will be empowered to make financially sound decisions in the future. Investing in our youth creates a solid foundation for them to achieve economic dignity and secure their financial futures.”

“Part of WYN’s mission is to provide High Country youth with the skills they need for success, and thanks to Capital Bank, we will be able to provide them with an incredibly valuable life skill – financial literacy,” said Executive Director Jennifer Warren. “I’m so excited to be able to put this real-world knowledge in their hands, and I know that they will be eager to learn, as well. We are grateful for the generosity and expertise of Capital Bank employees.”

Since 1985, Western Youth Network has provided local youth with the safety, skills and support they need to thrive. WYN began in Watauga County with a one-on-one mentoring program but has grown over time in response to community needs.

WYN initiatives now include after school, summer camp, school-based mentoring, substance abuse prevention and high school success programs. WYN’s service area has expanded as well to reach Ashe, Avery, Alleghany, Wilkes and Watauga counties.

For the more than 2,000 youth it serves each year, WYN aims to improve academic achievement and school attendance, reduce instances of in-school and out-of-school suspension, improve youth’s overall health and wellness, and interrupt the pattern of generational poverty and trauma. WYN is committed to the belief that every child deserves the chance to reach their full potential.

For more information about Western Youth Network, visit www.westernyouthnetwork.org.

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