First Bank Invests in Future Business Leaders and Entrepreneurs with Girls Inc.

In partnership with First Bank, Girls Inc. St. Louis is launching the Girls Inc. Entrepreneurship and Business Academy (GEBA), focused on exposing young women, primarily of color, in grades 8 through 12, to business and entrepreneurial professionals, curriculum, and opportunities. The program will engage a small cohort of young women for five years with programming, hands-on-learning, internships, and college-preparation workshops.

GEBA is modeled after the successful Eureka! Program which exposes and engages young women to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers and fields.   

“When Ellen Dierberg Milne (Board of Directors, First Bank) came to me with this idea, she knew she wanted to get young women who might not be exposed to business and entrepreneurship a chance to learn about it, meet women in these fields, and help them gain real-life work experience,” said Stacy Clay, Midwest Retail Lead/Director of Community Affairs, First Bank. “When we met with Cheryl Jones, President and CEO, Girls Inc. St. Louis, we knew we had found the right partner.”

Program design and curriculum will be created in Q1 with an expectation that student recruitment and program implementation will begin in Q2. 

First Bank has committed $25,000 per year for a three-year commitment. The partnership was announced on Nov. 9, 2023, at the Girls Inc. Strong, Smart, and Bold Luncheon.

Learn more about Girls Inc. St. Louis here.