From CUNA News Now
- 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 $28 million in assets; the
National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation), which directly supports Biz
Kid$; the Local Investment Commission (LINC) and the Kansas City Public
School District (
While the kids learned about basic financial management, parents learned
the basics of savings accounts and easy ways to save money.
Biz Kid$, backed by credit unions, is a public television program that
teaches kids the fundamentals of financial literacy, money management
"There is a need to improve the financial literacy skills of the youth
in America, and Biz Kid$ is the perfect vehicle to address that need,"
said Danielle Brown, director of development and donor relations for the The Foundation.
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
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.
"There is a great need in the inner city for financial literacy, so we
deeply appreciated Kansas City Credit Union taking on this educational
effort for the students and parents of Faxon Elementary," said Yolanda
Robinson, Caring Communities site coordinator for LINC in Kansas City.
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.