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The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA), the nation’s voice for nearly 5,700 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services. With approximately 52,000 locations nationwide, community banks employ 760,000 Americans, hold $4.9 trillion in assets, $3.9 trillion in deposits, and $3.3 trillion in loans to consumers, small businesses, and the agricultural community.


The fortunes of community banks are intrinsically tied to the fortunes of the communities they serve. Whether located in small towns, suburbia or big-city neighborhoods, community banks are uniquely positioned to connect financial education to financial products and services that can help set youth, adults, and small business owners on the path to a secure economic future.

While community banks provide financial management instruction and advice to Americans of all ages, many actively deliver financial education to youth in their communities. ICBA members offer youth savings accounts, sponsor in-school bank branches, and volunteer in schools and other youth-focused civic groups where they teach lessons on topics that range from wants versus needs to saving for college to the importance of understanding credit scores.


Jump$tart Coalition partners who are looking for a financial institution to team up with on community-focused financial education initiatives can use ICBA’s Community Bank Locator to find a community bank near them.


ICBA’s Go Local initiative inspires Americans to reinvest in their communities by dining, shopping, and banking locally. Visit ICBA’s Go Local webpage ( to learn more about community banking and read stories about what ICBA members are doing to serve their communities.


Audrey Wright-Cipriano