VyStar Donates Over $31,000 to Local Schools Through its High School Debit Card Give Back Program

VyStar Credit Union, in Jacksonville, Florida, is excited to celebrate the second year of their High School Debit Card Give Back Program. More than $31,000 was donated to 18 area high schools that participated in the VyStar Academy of Business High School Branch Program.

“We extend our deepest gratitude to all who have joined us in our mission to uplift students and educators in our communities and contributed to the tremendous success of the school-branded debit card give back program in its second year,” said VyStar Credit Union’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer Chad Meadows. “The program provides members with an opportunity to show their support for their neighborhood school and make a difference in their community by making purchases using their high school co-branded debit card. This initiative allows for everyone to be proud of their local schools and effect change through everyday transactions.”

VyStar’s High School Debit Card Give Back Program was launched in 2022 as a way to bring the community together in support of local education. Each high school in VyStar’s High School Branch Program has a unique debit card that is branded with its school logo and is available to anyone with a VyStar Credit Union personal checking account. VyStar Credit Union donates five cents to the corresponding school for every purchase made with that school’s debit card. Donations will be up to $10,000 per year for each school.

The following six schools were the top earners in 2023:

  • Bartram Trail High School, $7,396.55
  • Fleming Island High School, $3,575.30
  • West Nassau High School, $3,574.39
  • Palatka High School, $2,464.15
  • Pedro Menendez High School, $2,409.20
  • Middleburg High School, $2,269.60

“We continue to take immense pride in our VyStar High School Branch Program schools, and we’re thrilled by the widespread adoption of these debit cards,” said VyStar Credit Union’s Vice President of School Programs Michael Rathjen. “The funds from the program have directly benefited students and teachers across the area. As we enter the third year of our debit card give back program, we encourage members to help us raise additional funds for the students by using a high school co-branded debit card.”

VyStar Credit Union launched the High School Branch Program in 2006 to provide work-site experience and paid internship opportunities to students across the communities it serves. The program enables students to experience the inner workings of key financial services. The day-to-day operations of the high school branches are managed by a team of students under the co-supervision of the school’s career and technical education teacher and VyStar Credit Union personnel. Since launching the program, VyStar Credit Union has provided 2,004 paid internships, hired 88 student graduates full time, and delivered financial education training to over 130,000 high school students.

Additionally, opening a personal checking account with a high school co-branded debit card can be done online, at a branch or by calling VyStar Credit Union’s Contact Center at 904-777-6000 or 800-445-6289. VyStar Credit Union’s Contact Center representatives are available Monday through Saturday from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m., excluding holidays. For information about a specific branch including VyStar High School branches, please visit VyStar Credit Union’s Locations page.

Written by
Lizeth George
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