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NCUF Board approves additional grants for Biz Kid
SEATTLE (2/4/09)--The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) Board approved additional grants for the "Biz Kid$" series on national public television. The action comes as "Biz Kid$’"new season airs on 334 PBS stations--97% of the U.S. public television market.
Click to view larger imageYoung actors and entrepreneurs share financial lessons in the "Biz Kid$" PBS series underwritten by America's Credit Unions. (Photo provided by the Washington Credit Union Foundation)
Throughout the first quarter of 2009, viewers of the show’s third season will see more complex lessons. Featuring sketches with young actors and real entrepreneurs, new episodes will demystify 13 topics including financial institutions, credit scores and economic cycles. The lessons are then translated into a curriculum for each episode. The curriculum is free to download from the Washington Credit Union Foundation (WCUF) website for credit union educators to promote financial literacy. Outreach Extensions, the creator of educational materials for "Bill Nye the Science Guy" and other public television series, developed the "Biz Kid$" curriculum using national financial literacy standards. Outreach Extensions has also developed a national campaign--including grants--that will be offered to PBS stations to extend the series’ reach into communities. Stations are encouraged to partner with local credit unions for volunteers to implement their projects. Outreach Extensions has secured $15,000 from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to fund two first-tier grants. Other station grants will be awarded this month. “We strongly encourage all credit unions to support this important project,” said WCUF Director and "Biz Kid$" Project Manager RoxAnne Kruger. “This can be either a monetary contribution or by volunteering to teach the curriculum at local public schools or after-school programs.” Every episode of "Biz Kid$" begins and ends with the narrator reminding viewers that “Production funding for "Biz Kid$" is provided by America’s Credit Unions, where people are worth more than money.”
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