SAFE Ambassador

For more information contact:

Carol L. Burd

Professional Development Officer

Financial Literacy Program Manager

First Citizens Community Bank

15 South Main Street

Mansfield, PA 16933

570-662-8536 (v)


Local Student and First Citizens "SAFE" Ambassador raises $1,200 for Financial Literacy


MANSFIELD, PA (October 2013)…The 2013 First Citizens "SAFE" Financial Literacy Tournament hosted by Canton High School Senior Brian Jannone, was played on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at the Wheel Inn Softball Fields in Roaring Branch, PA.

Five teams with financial literacy-themed names created by Brian, competed throughout the day, with "The Stockbrokers" team taking home the winner's trophy after double elimination play against the "The Bank-Busters" team.

The tournament was the project of Jannone, a second-year Canton High School "SAFE" Ambassador. "SAFE" stands for Student Ambassadors for Financial Education. Brian planned and managed the tournament as part of his senior project and his "SAFE" program project. The tournament would not have been possible without the financial support of local businesses and volunteer support from Canton High School, First Citizens, and local community members. Brian surpassed his goal for the tournament, which was to raise enough money to create a $1,000 Financial Literacy Scholarship to be awarded to a 2014 graduating Canton High School senior.

The First Citizens "SAFE" Program is a two-year developmental program offered to selected high school students that combines personal and professional skills training with financial literacy training. This program is offered in conjunction with the First Citizens Financial Scholars Program which utilizes the EverFi online financial literacy learning platform. The EverFi platform is currently provided by First Citizens Community Bank to high schools throughout their market area. Both of these programs were created by First Citizens Community Bank as part of their "Leading Others to Financial Literacy" initiative.

"It was great to see Brian's efforts to support financial literacy result in such a successful day," stated Carol Burd, First Citizens "SAFE" program manager. "This tournament promoted the importance of financial literacy education and was truly a community effort. We are grateful to everyone who participated both on and off the field."

First Citizens Community Bank is headquartered in Mansfield, Pennsylvania and currently operates 17 offices in Tioga, Bradford and Potter Counties in PA, and Alleghany County, NY, as well as loan processing offices in Lock Haven and Dallas. For more information on First Citizens Community Bank, visit www.firstcitizensbank.com or find them on Facebook.