|Washington Credit Union League President & CEO John Annaloro presented a $5.2 million check representing America's Credit Unions' commitment to support production of the first two seasons of JA's Biz Kid$, the new youth financial education series on PBS television.|
The $5.2 million check was the largest philanthropic gift ever presented on stage in the 88-year history of Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide. Annaloro represented America's Credit Unions in front of more than 600 participants from over 60 countries at the JA Worldwide Leadership Conference on July 14.
The first full season of JA's Biz Kid$ is expected to begin airing on PBS TV stations during the fall of 2007. Each season will include 13 half-hour episodes with specific learning objectives and profiles of outstanding young entrepreneurs. Sneak peaks and video clips are posted on a new interactive website www.bizkids.com, which was also made possible thanks to support from the credit union movement. On the new website, aspiring entrepreneurs can learn how to make money, manage money, and pitch their business ideas to become “Biz Kids” – possibly even TV stars.
State credit union foundations and leagues are working with JA to package curriculum from the TV series that credit union volunteers will be able to use to provide multimedia financial education in youth classrooms.
The National Credit Union Foundation is the largest contributor to the America’s Credit Unions underwriting group. NCUF is designating nearly $1 million in both 2007 and 2008 for JA’s Biz Kid$.
To bring financial literacy to the next generation of American entrepreneurs, supporters can go to the Washington Credit Union League's Biz Kid$ site.
Pictured above: Washington Credit Union League President & CEO John Annaloro (left) celebrates the funding of JA's Biz Kid$ with JA Worldwide Interim President & CEO Gerald Czarnecki (center) and JA USA President Jack Kosakowski. The $5.2 million commitment from America's Credit Unions will pay for production of two seasons -- 26 half-hour episodes -- of the JA's Biz Kid$ TV series on PBS.