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National Intern Day - The Start of Something Great

July 29

The community and TVFCU

When it comes to community engagement, TVFCU strives to be involved in the events and interests of our members in the 13 counties that we serve. One area TVFCU strongly supports is education and financial literacy. Each year, the credit union provides access to financial literacy information and tools for teachers and students.  Creating pathways to economic well-being is a major goal of TVFCU.

Step-Up Chattanooga

One way that TVFCU is helping students get real life work experience is by working with STEP-UP Chattanooga.  Step-up builds tomorrow's workforce today by connecting businesses with high school interns who will be the next generation of talented workers. STEP-UP Chattanooga places Hamilton County, working-age students, in paid internships with Chattanooga companies and public agencies; provides work readiness training, on-the-job experience, professional mentors, advanced career opportunities and ongoing support. 

Meet Lakahia Havis

This summer, TVFCU is fortunate to have Lakahia Havis, a rising senior at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy (CGLA) working in TVFCU’s Business Services Department. Lakahia participates in the Empowering Mentoring Program at CGLA in addition to being part of Step-up Chattanooga.

Lakahia is learning about TVFCU’s Idea Leap program and how small businesses obtain a start-up loan. She is also seeing firsthand the drive and commitment it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.  Students working at TVFCU through a mentorship program must be 18 years of age.

Great experience

When Lakahia returns to school in the fall, she will share what she learned over the summer and work with the school’s college counselor in planning her next move after graduating. Lakahia would like to attend either UTC or MTSU and major in business. 

What a great start

Most teenagers are undecided about what career they would like to pursue later in life. Whether it is computer science, construction, entrepreneurship or finance, the summer months are a perfect time to start exploring all the different options out there. Mentorship programs helps young people develop social skills and encourages academic achievement when they go back into the classroom. 

Good Luck

TVFCU understands that this life enriching experience for students 18 and older, can only improve high school graduation rates. Nothing beats a real world experience when it comes to future dreams of achieving those goals. Maybe someday Lakahia Havis will be a proud employee of TVFCU. She has certainly proven herself.

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