Local First Bank Branch Donates $2.5K to Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach’s College Readiness Program

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First Bank Bixby Knolls Branch Manager Kris Allen, left, presents a $2,500 contribution to Don Rodriguez, CEO for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach. At right is First Bank Regional Manager Robert Renteria. Photo courtesy of First Bank.

The Bixby Knolls branch of First Bank recently donated $2,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach “Diplomas 2 Degrees” program, the organization announced yesterday.

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The donation will allow up to 40 high school students in the program make four to five visits to local colleges, according to First Bank.

“The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach does really meaningful and impactful work in our community and we were happy to support the ‘Diplomas 2 Degrees’ program,’’ said Kris Allen, senior branch manager at First Bank’s Bixby Knolls branch, in an email. “College readiness is very important for teen-agers, and this program enables them to take those next important educational steps towards a post-secondary education and career success.”

The “Diplomas 2 Degrees” program provides a range of services to guide students as they work toward high school graduation and prepare for post-secondary education and career success, officials said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach, composed of 13 facilities located across the city, has been helping underprivileged youth reach academic and personal success since 1939.

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