Career & Education

Buss a Yute!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

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First Union Foundation, the philanthropic arm of First Union Financial Group, has launched a programme to assist 30 high school students from across the island with their back-to-school needs this year, and is seeking the public's assistance to identify candidates.

The programme, called 'Buss a Yute' has a $3-million budget, and is designed to give opportunities to teens who have demonstrated ability to excel.

“Many promising students at the secondary level are unable to realise their potential due to financial constraints. As such, First Union Foundation will be assisting children who show excellence in education at the secondary level... This move will have a positive impact not only on the students and parents, but also on the various communities that will benefit from such a positive initiative,” said Philecia Prince, First Union Financial Group's marketing and public relations manager.

The financial institution says it has privately reached out to teachers and others over the years to assist with identifying students who fit the criteria and providing them with financial assistance. With the 'Buss a Yute' programme, however, it is the general public that will widen the scope of its impact.

“First Union Foundation is asking the public to search for that youth in their communities and schools who is doing well academically but needs that added financial push to reach their full potential. Parents are also being encouraged to get involved and submit their child's information so that they can be considered for the programme,” the company said.

Those interested are asked to submit relevant information about the children to on or before August 25. Those acting on behalf of parents (guardian) must have a letter granting them permission to act. Once the applications have been shortlisted, all successful candidates will be invited to visit the new head office of First Union Financial Group to collect their cheques and/or vouchers.

“The mission of First Union Foundation and the Buss a Yute programme is to encourage the success of the youth that may not able to shine due to financial constraints, by extending our financial assistance. We hope that further opportunities will be available to them so that our nation's youth will have the chance at building a solid foundation through education going forward,” said Prince.

More information can be accessed on First Union's social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the handle @firstunionja, and on its website at




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