Preparing the next generation to succeed in a global economy

Business Banking Senior Relationship Manager Jamie Mayes has a yearly tradition of contributing both time and money to Junior Achievement of Oklahoma.

Every February for the past three years, Jamie Mayes, senior relationship manager, Global Banking & Markets, joins her colleagues on the 16th floor of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, office to host and compete in a Junior Achievement bowl-a-thon at a nearby bowling alley. All proceeds of the popular event directly benefit Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. This annual volunteer event was first sparked by Kevin Cooper, senior relationship manager, Global Commercial Banking, who serves on the board of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma. Kevin is passionate about putting the talent of teammates like Jamie to work for Junior Achievement through regular volunteerism that aligns with Bank of America's priority of advancing economic mobility.

Kevin and Jamie in front of Bank of America sign

“Overall, our support of JA of Oklahoma not only helps strengthen our Tulsa community and prepare the next generation of our workforce, but it also provides a way for our teammates community to come together, socialize and have a good time — all while serving a shared cause,” noted Jamie.

Founded in 1966, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma is a local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit that, with the help of volunteers, teaches financial literary, entrepreneurship and work readiness to students in kindergarten through grade 12. Committed to ensuring today’s young people are prepared to work and succeed in a global economy, Junior Achievement introduces the business world into the classroom and empowers students through exciting hands-on learning experiences.

This year, Junior Achievement of Oklahoma will inspire over 59,300 students statewide. The Tulsa market has been a longtime supporter of Junior Achievement of Oklahoma, providing Bank of America Foundation grant funding of $40,000 in 2018-2019. And the giving doesn’t stop there. Each employee who participates in the bowl-a-thon, including Jamie, extends the power of their donation through the bank’s employee giving program, which matches dollar-for-dollar.

“Junior Achievement of Oklahoma values our relationship with Bank of America, including the personal contributions of its employees. We know how impactful it is when companies like Bank of America encourage volunteerism and offer matching funds, because employees are more empowered to give of their time and resources.” said Erica Irvine, Vice President of Operations.

In addition to the bowl-a-thon, Jamie, Kevin and other teammates volunteer throughout the year to lend their expertise to the classroom by teaching the entire 6-hour JA curriculum in one day to a local K-6 elementary school, serving under-privileged, at-risk students. Kevin also hosts an “Investor Challenge” event each fall that brings business leaders together to coach JA students through a competition.

How Junior Achievement sparks success

In 2018, Bank of America employees directed more than $230,000 to Junior Achievement nationwide through personal contributions and matching gifts. Additionally, more than 2,400 employees volunteered over 17,100 hours with Junior Achievement last year. With the help of more than 245,329 volunteers nationwide, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century global marketplace. During the 2017-2018 school year, Junior Achievement impacted over 4.8 million U.S. students in more than 211,000 classrooms nationwide.

Originally published 11/25/19