Catch the Stars Foundation, First Financial Bank Working to Promote Financial Literacy to Indianapolis Youth

April 2, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS – Catch the Stars Foundation, Inc. and First Financial Bank are pleased to announce their work in promoting financial literacy to the Indianapolis youth through the Court S.T.A.R.S and Court CHAMPS programs. Facilitated by the Catch the Stars Foundation, these free, six-week mentoring programs are aimed to teach integral life skills and the importance of physical fitness to youth ages 12-16.

To provide financial literacy education in hopes of making a direct, long-term, impact on its community, the Catch the Stars Foundation is looking to First Financial Bank to offer one educational session throughout each of the six-week mentoring programs. In each session, bank representatives will focus on providing knowledge on topics such as budgeting, banking, credit reports, cost analysis and more. 

The Court S.T.A.R.S. (Sisters Teaching and Reaching Sisters) program is for girls and provides a fun, interactive way to discuss topics such as self-esteem, goal setting, financial responsibility, career planning and more. The Court CHAMPS (Changing Habits And Making People Successful) program is for boys, designed to discuss topics such as handling peer pressure, decision making, financial responsibility and more. The bi-annual programs take place at Indianapolis’ Washington Park Family Center, Christel House Academy & the Legacy Center.

“We are very excited about the partnership our organization has with First Financial Bank,” said Tamika Catchings, founder of Catch the Stars Foundation. “Literacy has been a huge part of our initiatives, so being able to provide the financial literacy component to our mentoring programs helps takes them to the next level. We are also fortunate that First Financial Bank will serve as our presenting sponsor for our Back to School Celebration in July.”

“The work Tamika’s foundation has done for the children of Indianapolis is something to be admired,” said Mary Jo Kennelly, Indianapolis market president of First Financial Bank. “As an advocate for financial literacy education, it’s truly a pleasure to contribute to the greater cause and connect with the children in the community which we operate. While we actively identify new ways to further promote Catch the Stars’ mission, we are eager to be a part of a summer 2013 initiative that will provide not only supplies, but motivation and excitement for the upcoming school year.”

As a community-centered bank, First Financial Bank strives to give back to the very areas where its associates live and work. The bank is committed to giving back to the communities it serves through education, economic development and neighborhood development.
 
For more information about Catch the Stars Foundation visit www.catchthestars.org. For more information about First Financial Bank, visit www.bankatfirst.com.

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About Catch the Stars Foundation, Inc.
Catch the Stars Foundation is dedicated to empowering youth to achieve their dreams by providing goal setting programs that promote literacy, fitness and mentoring. Founded in 2004, Catch the Stars Foundation serves area youth with various events such as Catch the Fever Youth Holiday Basketball Camp, Catch on to Fitness Clinics and more.

About First Financial Bancorp
First Financial Bancorp is a Cincinnati, Ohio based bank holding company. As of December 31, 2012, the Company had $6.5 billion in assets, $3.9 billion in loans, $5.0 billion in deposits and $710 million in shareholders’ equity. The Company’s subsidiary, First Financial Bank, N.A., founded in 1863, provides banking and financial services products through its three lines of business: commercial, retail and wealth management. The commercial and retail units provide traditional banking services to business and consumer clients. First Financial Wealth Management provides wealth planning, portfolio management, trust and estate, brokerage and retirement plan services and had approximately $2.3 billion in assets under management as of December 31, 2012. The Company’s strategic operating markets are located in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky where it operates 124 banking centers. Additional information about the Company, including its products, services and banking locations is available at www.bankatfirst.com.