SANTA PAULA, CA — Bank of the Sierra announced a Sierra Grant in the amount of $7,500, presented to the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley to support the club’s Afterschool STEM (science, technology, engineering, & math) Academy. By using hands-on enrichment activities to empower its participants, the goal of the program is to encourage youths from low-income families to pursue careers in science and technology. A highlight of the program, which serves more than 420 youths, is the opportunity to participate in regional FIRST Lego League robotics competitions.
Bank President and CEO Kevin McPhaill expressed an appreciation for the afterschool program, stating that, “It’s wonderful to be able to do our small part in supporting the hard work of the Boys and Girls Club. Promoting education in our communities is one of the main tenets of the Sierra Grant program, so we’re more than happy to do what we can for an organization with such a commitment to helping kids succeed.”
Serving the communities of Santa Paula, Fillmore, and Piru, The Boys & Girls Club of Santa Clara Valley has a commitment to helping children reach their full potential as productive, responsible, caring citizens. The organization supports nearly 1,500 minority children ages 6 to 18 by offering more than 15 diverse programs and activities.
About the Sierra Grant Program
Since its inception in 2004 the Sierra Grant Program has been responsible for donating over a million dollars to organizations that improve local communities. The grants go toward fostering community services, park preservation, and educational programs. Non-profits who wish to apply for a Sierra Grant can pick up an instructional brochure at any Bank of the Sierra branch, or visit the bank’s web site at www.bankofthesierra.com/resources/sierra_grant_program.
About Bank of the Sierra
Since opening its doors in 1977, Bank of the Sierra has grown to become the largest independent bank headquartered in the South San Joaquin Valley with assets totaling $1.7 billion. The company has over 400 employees and conducts business through 28 branch offices, an online branch, a real estate industries center, and an agricultural credit center.