BMO Harris Bank Expands Support to North Lawndale's Collins Academy through City Year Chicago's Team Sponsor Program

 BMO Harris Bank Expands Support to North Lawndale's Collins Academy through
                   City Year Chicago's Team Sponsor Program

Three year, $300,000 partnership with City Year reflects bank's focus on
educational support

PR Newswire

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012

CHICAGO, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BMO Harris Bank today announced it is
expanding its support of City Year Chicago's Team Sponsor Program by
contributing $300,000 over a three year period to City Year that will support
corps members at North Lawndale's Collins Academy.

The Team Sponsor Program partnership allows organizations to leverage human
and financial resources to impact, engage and invest in their local
communities through the sponsorship of a team of eight-to-10 City Year corps
members. For one year, the City Year corps members commit to tutoring,
mentoring and helping students from high-needs schools get back on track for
graduation, raising educational awareness and enthusiasm while encouraging
higher attendance throughout Chicago schools.

BMO has been a City Year supporter since 2009 and began a sponsorship at
Collins Academy in 2011. Through this new three-year sponsorship, BMO Harris
Bank will join City Year's efforts in serving the neighborhoods of Chicago,
addressing key community issues and providing innovative and educational
resources to help transform and improve the lives of Chicago students. As a
result of the partnership, the BMO Harris corps members at Collins Academy
will provide 17,000 hours of service this year to the high school's 9th grade
students with an additional 17,000 hours each of the next two years.

"City Year has proven itself an important partner to Chicago's students, their
teachers and their communities. At BMO Harris Bank, we've made education a
signature focus of our corporate citizenship program because students who stay
in school, learn the skills of the 21^st- century economy and graduate from
college are key to keeping our communities strong," said Mark Furlong,
President & CEO of BMO Harris Bank. "We're very proud to deepen our
collaboration with both City Year and Collins Academy in the North Lawndale
community." 

"Thanks to the continued generous support of corporate partners like BMO
Harris Bank, City Year Chicago was able to increase our corps to 188 members
who serve in 20 schools, impacting 4,200 Chicago Public School students
through academic interventions, mentoring programs, after school enrichment,
and parent engagement initiatives," said Lisa Morrison Butler, Executive
Director, City Year Chicago. "Our partnership with BMO Harris Bank helps
ensure that corps members have the training and the resources they need to
keep kids in school and on track to succeed."

BMO Harris Bank is partnering with and supporting several leading
organizations in Chicago including United Way, AUSL, Big Shoulders Fund,
Children First Fund, After School Matters, New Schools for Chicago and City
Year to help support public, charter, and private school students. This
builds on the Bank's overall efforts in supporting the greater Chicago
community through investing over $100 million during the past 10 years to
strengthen and enhance the well-being of families across the region.

About BMO Harris Bank
Based in Chicago, BMO Harris Bank N.A. provides a broad range of personal
banking products and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately
1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota,
Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team
provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market
focus throughout the U.S. Deposit and loan products and services provided by
BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank(SM) is a trade name used by
BMO Harris Bank N.A. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North
American financial organization with 1,600 branches, and a retail deposit base
of approximately $180 billion.

SOURCE BMO Harris Bank

Website: http://www.harrisbank.com
Contact: Jim Kappel - BMO Harris Bank, +1-312-461-2478; or Johnny Barr - City
Year, +1-312-423-7176