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 (the Foundation). The grants are
intended to engage credit unions using the Biz Kid$ program and its
curriculum to build financial literacy.
“Educating Broward County School students, and our members, about
financial literacy is the cornerstone of our community outreach and our
people-helping-people philosophy,” said Sam Chesser, BrightStar Credit
Union’s Vice President of Marketing. “We are honored to be the
recipient of a Biz Kid$ grant and look forward to the positive
educational impact it will have on middle schools students in Broward.”
“In the past, Biz Kid$ has been a great educational and entertaining
addition to our Finance Club meetings and the students have been very
engaged while learning about financial literacy and entrepreneurship,”
said Arlene Colson, Mathematics Department Chair, Walter C. Young
Middle School. “I am excited to continue to enhance the students
learning by building projects based around these videos.”
Created in 2007 by the producers of Bill Nye, the Science Guy show
on PBS, Biz Kid$ uses parodies and spoofs of popular movies and shows
such as Avatar, The Matrix and Jersey Shore to teach students
about money. Episodes cover topics such as cash and credit, budgeting,
saving, entrepreneurship and how to be a smart consumer.
The shows are part of the Biz Kid$ curriculum, which BrightStar
Credit Union will offer to teachers involved in their successful
CU@School program, a student-run, on in school credit union staffed by
students in its Academy of Finance program. BrightStar will also
incorporate the content of Biz Kid$ into the credit union’s classroom
presentations, and post content on BrightStar University, their free financial literacy portal for members, students and teachers.
“There is a need to improve the financial literacy skills of the
youth in America and Biz Kid$ is the perfect vehicle to address that
need,” said Danielle Brown, Biz Kid$ Program Coordinator for the Foundation. “We
are excited to fund these innovative programs that will improve the
financial education of youth through the use of the Biz Kid$ program.”
A Foundation Grant at Work
This “Grant at Work” is part of a series that highlights Foundation grantees who made a positive impact in their community and empowered consumers to achieve financial freedom through credit unions. Grants are made possible by supporters of the Foundation.
Biz Kid$ - Teaching Kids about Money & Business
Biz Kid$ is a financial literacy initiative launched nationally in January 2008 that teaches kids about money and business. The initiative includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting children 9 – 16 years old. The Foundation is responsible for the fundraising and outreach of the program, and a coalition of over 300 credit unions and affiliates from across the country have helped exclusively fund Biz Kid$.
Many credit unions leverage Biz Kid$ to teach financial education in schools in their community. In addition to the Foundation’s box sets and starter kits, companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at no cost on the Biz Kid$ website, bizkids.com. The site also features clips from the series and invites kids to appear on the show.
For more information about Biz Kid$, click here.
BrightStar Credit Union, one of the largest credit unions in South
Florida, is providing financial literacy education to all Broward
County middle schools through Biz Kid$, an Emmy Award winning show
where kids teach kids about money and business.