Biz Kid$ returns for a new season – taking a close look at the economy, businesses that give back, and how to make good financial choices. Season 5 launched in January on public television stations around the country. Produced in high-definition, every half-hour episode focuses on a financial theme and profiles inspiring young entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.
The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities of Biz Kid$, which is underwritten completely by a coalition of credit unions and credit union organizations.
Episodes from the new 13-part series focus on businesses going green and being socially conscious, understanding financial institutions, running a fundraiser, evaluating investment opportunities, recognizing media manipulation, learning accounting principles, choosing a business structure, and becoming independent. The season will conclude with a profile of Beaverhead Ranch in Montana, winner of a national contest to find “America’s Favorite Family Business.” Additionally, the new season pushes Biz Kid$ past 65 total episodes and into broadcast syndication.
Biz Kid$ takes a fun and funny approach to financial literacy, with comic sketches and silly antics that appeal to kids from late elementary through high school. Hosted by a group of young people, the series teaches the importance of giving back to the community and the basics of smart money management based on national financial literacy educational standards.
In addition to starter kits available from NCUF, companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at no cost on the Biz Kid$ website at www.bizkids.com.The free curriculum, which has been presented to more than a million students, includes downloadable lesson plans and video segments that illustrate the topic. The website also offers other related resources and a monthly newsletter. In addition to classroom use, Biz Kid$ lessons are taught by credit union professionals, Ernst & Young employees, and volunteers at schools, as well as through after-school programs such as Boys & Girls Clubs, DECA clubs, and Girl Scouts in communities across the country.
The series, produced by the creative team behind Bill Nye the Science Guy, premiered in January 2008. Since then, Biz Kid$ has been broadcast to more than 111 million households and aired in all 50 states, on more than 330 public television stations.
In 2010, Biz Kid$ won a Silver Telly Award for Outstanding Children's Financial Literacy Education Television and Education Materials. The series also garnered a daytime Emmy in 2009, and the Environmental Media Award, which honors film and television productions that increase public awareness of environmental issues and inspire personal action on these issues. In April 2009, the series producers were invited to ring the NASDAQ closing bell in New York City. In April 2010 and 2011, the producers rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
Over the past six years, over 260 credit union system and affiliates have raised more than $10.4 million that has supported the show’s production, website and curriculum. In fact, every Biz Kid$ episode begins and ends with a narrator reminding viewers that: “Production funding for Biz Kid$ is provided by America’s Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money.” Credit unions can get information on supporting Biz Kid$ at ncuf.coop>National Programs>Biz Kid$>Support Biz Kid$.
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About the National Credit Union Foundation (ncuf.coop):
The National Credit Union Foundation is the US credit union movement’s primary national philanthropic program provider, fundraiser and grant-maker. Through NCUF 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.
NCUF is funded primarily by investments in the award-winning Community Investment Fund (CIF) and by generous Supporters led by the Credit Union National Association and CUNA Mutual Group. All NCUF donors provide support that empowers NCUF and state credit union foundations to make financial freedom achievable through credit unions.
The National Credit Union Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable organization. NCUF 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.