Biz Kid$ Returns to Television with Season 6

6 New Episodes of the Award-winning Youth Financial Literacy Program

After five years, the award-winning financial education program Biz Kid$ has launched a new season of the show, helping to bring all episodes back in heavy rotation on public television. This new season is comprised of six episodes that focus on teaching young adults personal finance and entrepreneurship in the same “edu-tainment” format.

Produced by the creative team behind Bill Nye the Science Guy, Biz Kid$ takes a fun 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.

The new season’s episodes tap into timely topics of personal finance and entrepreneurship, including weighing the costs of a college education, turning $100 into $1,000,000, and attempting to answer the timeless question, “Can money buy happiness?” Celebrity guests include High School Musical’s Monique Coleman, who said, “I love Biz Kid$ and all the great work they do to inspire kids.”

Biz Kid$ is unique in that it is exclusively funded with over $15 million by a coalition of credit unions and affiliates, championed by the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation). In fact, each of the 71 Biz Kid$ episodes 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.”

“Biz Kid$ exists because of credit unions who believe in the importance of financially educating our youth,” said Gigi Hyland, Executive Director at the National Credit Union Foundation. “Season 6 showcases all new young entrepreneurs who share their stores to inspire other kids to become money savvy Biz Kid$ of their own, and we hope credit unions continue to utilize this amazing program to improve the financial futures of the next generation.”

Credit union organizations have been using Biz Kid$ in their financial education outreach in a variety of innovative ways, including financial fitness camps, youth club partnerships, teacher workshops and more. The Foundation has been distributing Biz Kid$ Financial Education Grants to fund such projects since 2013, and through these outreach projects over 10.8 million parents, educators, and students have been reached.

Since 2008, the series has reached more than 77.1 million viewers, airing on over 212 commercial television stations including 52 episodes that air on the American Forces Network worldwide on military bases.

In addition to its national show, Biz Kid$ produces a wide range of content for teachers and teens on its website, BizKids.com. Free content includes business plan templates for kids, lesson plans mapped to state and national standards, community activity sheets, content in Spanish, educational games and more.

Biz Kid$ has received wide critical acclaim, including two National Emmy Awards, 16 Emmy Award nominations, a Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and a Parent’s Choice Silver Award, a Silver Telly Award for Outstanding Children’s Financial Literacy Education Television, and the Environmental Media Award. The show’s producers have been recognized at the ringing of the closing bells of both the NASDAQ and the New York Stock Exchange.

For more information on Biz Kid$ or to find show times in specific areas, visit www.bizkids.com. You can find additional Biz Kid$ resources for your credit union, including box sets and starter kits, on the Foundation’s website at www.ncuf.coop/bizkids.

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 grants and programs, the Foundation is strengthening financial well-being, igniting passion and instilling knowledge about the credit union difference, and uniting resources to help credit union people during disaster. Donations to the Foundation ultimately 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.

For More Information...

...contact Danielle Brown, Development & Donor Relations Director, at (608) 556-2406 or dbrown@ncuf.coop.


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