Impact of the National Youth Financial Literacy Initiative
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) has released a new video about Biz Kid$ to showcase the impact of the national youth financial literacy initiative. The video features testimonials from staff who have utilized Biz Kids, as well as highlights of the program and students who have been influenced by program.
This new video – available online at https://youtu.be/_AprPUt1WiM – also spotlights a Biz Kid$ Financial Education grantee, the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation, who used their grant to fund their Biz Kids Entrepreneur Contest. Every year, the Foundation distributes Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants, which are used to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program.
“Biz Kid$ is a superb example of ‘edutainment,’ where it not only entertains but educates youth in a meaningful way,” said Danielle Brown, Foundation Director of Development and Donor Relations. “As this new video demonstrates, Biz Kids informs, educates, inspires and motivates kids of all ages to learn about money, credit, taxes, business, and becoming young entrepreneurs. More importantly, Biz Kids helps youth discover their passion, see the opportunities around them and take action using real world examples of how simple ideas can change our world.”
Biz Kid$ is designed to engage young people and help them develop life skills in the areas of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. The initiative includes an Emmy award winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting kids 9-16 years old. Biz Kids uses the power of television to teach students how to use credit wisely and reinforces the importance of budgeting, saving, and giving back to the community.
About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the U.S. credit union movement and works as a catalyst to improve people’s financial lives through credit unions. Through Foundation grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services, and empower more consumers to save, build assets, and own homes. Donations to the Foundation enable credit unions to help their members reach life-changing goals and achieve financial freedom.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. The Foundation continues to earn the Better Business Bureau seal of approval as an “Accredited Charity” for meeting all 20 BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for national charities.
Biz Kids Locally:
In 2011 Mid Oregon Credit Union obtained a grant from the Northwest Credit Union Foundation to purchase and distribute Biz Kids DVD sets to all the public Middle Schools in Central Oregon. The 26 episodes, each on a separate DVD, have been used to educate 6-8 graders on money, financial principles, business and entrepreneurship.
Locally Biz Kid$ can be seen on Sunday mornings at 8 am, on KOAB2. The July 3rd episode is “How to Make a Million Bucks!(406)”; KOAB2 is Bendbroadband OPBPlus (175), Crestview Cable OPBPlus (246);