About BankWork$

Philadelphia OIC partnered with BankWork$®, a free vocational training program that trains inner-city adults the hard and soft skills needed to start a career in banking. The model was designed to focus on teller positions, and has since expanded to include customer service representative and personal banking positions which are in high demand across multiple financial institutions. The program was launched in 2006 by the Biller Family Foundation in partnership with JVS-Los Angeles. With its initial success, in 2011 the program expanded to Seattle with the YWCA Seattle/King/Snohomish.

Since the program’s inception, the program has graduated over 2,000 BankWork$® students – with more than 1,400 placed in banking positions across 8 different cities. They target young adults from underserved neighborhoods who otherwise may not have the opportunity to seek a career in the banking industry. The national expansion is being sponsored by three partner banks – Bank of America, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo – along with many local banks who support the program by hiring their graduates and sponsoring the local vocational training organizations.

Virtual Informational Sessions are held every Thursday from 1 -2 PM. Please contact us to be added to the list.

For more information on enrolling in the program, contact Shantelle Faison at 215-236-7700 x 350.

For more information on becoming a strategic partner, contact Latoya Edmond at bankworks@philaoic.org.

Shantelle Faison


Shantelle Faison



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Moving from Poverty to Financial Independence

Before enrolling in the BankWork$® program at Philadelphia OIC, Avery Martin was working for his family’s cleaning business earning an annual income of $12,000. Although he enjoyed entrepreneurship, the business model simply was not designed to sustain his lifestyle or to move his dreams forward.