|These “Grant at Work” highlights are part of a series that highlights NCUF grantees who made a positive impact in their community and empowered consumers to achieve financial freedom through credit unions. NCUF grants are made possible by supporters of the Foundation.|
|The League of Southeastern Credit Unions (LSCU) held a one-day workshop this summer to familiarize young professionals attending this year’s Southeast Credit Union Conference and Exposition (SCUCE) with financial education outreach tactics through Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award-winning financial education program for kids. This event built upon LSCU’s separate Biz Kid$ two-day Young Professionals Workshop held late last year. As a result of these workshops, multiple attendees have since taken up the cause to bring financial education to 6th-8th graders throughout Florida and Alabama school districts.|
“We are very pleased with the enthusiasm for delivering financial education programs exhibited by our LSCU Young Professionals,” said Laura Vann, Vice President of Cooperative Initiatives for LSCU. “They have embraced the Biz Kid$ program and have demonstrated creative ways for implementing Biz Kid$ in their local communities. LSCU appreciates the grant funding from the National Credit Union Foundation that enabled us to get this financial education program under way in Alabama and Florida.”
|Nearly 100 people in the Kansas City area were treated to a viewing party of the financial literacy television program Biz Kid$ recently. The event was put on by Kansas City CU, with $28 million in assets; the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), which directly supports Biz Kid$; the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Kansas City Public School District.|
After the video was shown, the students participated in a lesson plan that applied many of the ideas from the TV show. Meanwhile, parents attended a seminar facilitated by Kansas City CU's branch leader Ken Pierce. At the end of the event, the parents were offered an opportunity to open their own credit union accounts as well as ones for their kids through the Kids Club program.
|BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in South Florida, is providing financial literacy education to all Broward County middle schools through Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award winning show where kids teach kids about money and business.|
All 43 middle schools in Broward County Public Schools, starting with Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines as the pilot school, have received DVDs of the Biz Kid$ show and materials. This group includes Beachside Montessori Village and Broward Virtual. BrightStar has made this possible by receiving a $20,000 Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant, one of only 16 grants awarded nationwide in 2013, from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). The grants are intended to engage credit unions using the Biz Kid$ program and its curriculum to build financial literacy.
|Travis Credit Union teamed up with the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District to create a Work-Ready Certification (WRC) Program to help students stand out in the workforce. |
Designed to validate that students have the necessary entry-level skills as identified by the local business and industry community, the WRC Program enables students to be both successful in the workplace and also become contributing citizens of the community, both locally and globally. Travis Credit Union received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.
|Silver State Schools Credit Union (SSSCU) helped elementary students learn the importance of saving through its innovative program, “The Piggy Bank Project”. At the end of the school year, students at Walter Bracken Elementary saved just over $40,000. SSSCU received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.|
The Piggy Bank Project is a collaborative effort between SSSCU, Walter Bracken Elementary School, The United Way of Southern Nevada, Young Philanthropist Society, Junior Achievement, and the Andson Foundation to provide real savings accounts for elementary students, while also providing in class financial education to reinforce the habit of saving money.
|The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation improved the financial literacy skills of both students and educators through their collaborative Biz Kid$ pilot program, which focused on personal financial education and training for teachers, and featured a Biz Kid$ Entrepreneur Contest for students. Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation received a Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grant from the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.|
“We are excited to help fund Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s innovative program,” said Danielle Brown, Director of Development & Donor Relations for NCUF. “It is a creative way to integrate Biz Kid$ into the classroom and get kids engaged. Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s program is an excellent example of how credit unions can improve people’s financial lives in a creative and engaging way.”
|Maps Credit Union (Maps CU) partnered with Western Oregon University (WOU) to provide tomorrow’s elementary school teachers in Oregon with the necessary tools to teach financial literacy in the classroom, equipping them with basic skills and access to Biz Kid$ programs. By integrating Biz Kid$ into WOU’s college-level elementary education coursework, the initiative reached over 125 future teachers last year. Maps CU received Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants from National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) to help fund this initiative.|
"Maps’ program is not only impacting current students of WOU, but as these students incorporate Biz Kid$ into their teaching experiences, it will touch countless elementary school students as well,” said Danielle Brown, Director of Development & Donor Relations for NCUF.
About Biz Kid$ Grants
|The annual Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants may be used to fund innovative programs that improve the financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program. Projects may engage teachers, students, education leaders, local PBS stations, or community stakeholders through events, activities, and/or curriculum distribution. Each project should create innovative and engaging activities incorporating Biz Kid$ materials. The overall grant objective is to engage the credit union movement in using Biz Kid$ and its curriculum to build students financial literacy and economic education skills while increasing awareness and usage of Biz Kid$.|