First Horizon Foundation makes donations to two Hamblen educational programs

First Horizon representative presents a $2,500 check from the First Horizon Foundation to HC*EXCELL executive director Stan Harville, left, and Dr. Jeff Perry, Hamblen County school superintendent, right.

The First Horizon Foundation recently donated $5,000 to two Hamblen County educational programs.

The foundation gave $2,500 to the Hamblen County Youth Leadership program and $2,500 to the Hamblen County Junior Achievement program.

Youth Leadership Hamblen County is open to high school juniors who go through the application and selection process.

This year there were 63 applications for the 40 spots in the program.

The selection committee strives to get a well rounded group of students for this program. Students are introduced to both city and county government by attendance at County Commission and City Council meetings as well as meeting with different leaders in our local government.

Education, workforce development, industrial recruitment and many other areas are studied as well as what it means to be a leader and discovering their own leadership styles.

The Junior Achievement BizTown curriculum is delivered in the fifth grade classes of all 11 Hamblen County elementary schools.

This is the first real experience students have with the world of work and the many facets of how a community works and thrives.

During the 2019-2020 school year 807 students, 52 teachers and approximately 150 volunteers attended the field trip to BizTown in Clinton. Since 2010, HC*Excell and its partners have helped deliver the JA experience to 6,954 fifth grade students in Hamblen County.

First Horizon Foundation has provided philanthropic support to uplift and enrich our communities across the Southeast. With more than $100 million contributed, grants have been provided to reinforce the efforts of nonprofit partners and their programs and initiatives.

First Horizon Foundation has operated as First Tennessee Foundation in Tennessee, Texas, and Mississippi and as Capital Bank Foundation in Florida, North and South Carolina. We unified our brand in 2019, and we are now recognized as First Horizon Foundation across our footprint. As the Foundation invests in nonprofit organizations across the Southeast, it will continue to target investments that are pillars of a strong community.