IBC Bank to address Minitropolis® program and its benefits within schools

 McAllen, RGV – IBC Bank-McAllen’s Senior Vice President Dora Brown and Marketing Manager Jennifer Nava have been invited to speak as part of a panel discussion, “Promising Approaches to Build Financial Capability for Youth,” during the National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference. The conference takes place this week in Los Angeles, Calif.

The panel discussion will focus on how experiential learning, or learning while doing, is being used to reinforce financial literacy and learning objectives. Brown and Nava will present the IBC Bank Minitropolis® program and how it has made a substantial impact on the school children that have been involved.

“The role-playing used with our Minitropolis® programs are positioning our children for a successful future,” Brown said. “By learning how to work, pay taxes, save money and support local business within the Minitropolis®, practical knowledge is gained that will carry them through adulthood.”

The Minitropolis® program offers students a variety of real world positions, from working at IBC Bank and Walmart to the city government and law enforcement, depending on their individual interests and passions, and gives them the opportunity to see how a community operates.

“We’ve seen a number of children grow up within the Minitropolis® program and gain a love for business and banking,” Nava said. “It’s thrilling to know our IBC Bank Minitropolis® is making a mark on our community’s children.”

IBC Bank has Minitropolis® programs across Texas, including IBC Bank-McAllen’s programs at Sam Houston Elementary (McAllen), Mims Elementary (Mission), Salinas Elementary (Donna), Midkiff Elementary (Mission) and IDEA Schools of McAllen. Plans are in the works to open two more Minitropolis programs in the fall.

IBC Bank–McAllen is a division of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $12.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 208 facilities and 320 ATMs serving 88 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. IBC Bank-McAllen has been serving the Hidalgo County community since 1990 and has a retail branch network of 29 locations throughout the area. IBC Bank–McAllen was named “The Best Bank in the Valley” in 2014 and 2015 by McAllen Monitor readers. It also received their readers’ “Favorite Bank” recognition in 2004, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Visit us on our YouTube channel, IBCBankWeDoMore. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. More information is available at www.ibc.com.