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NYIB forges partnership with Biz Kids program
COLUMBIA, S.C. (4/8/09)--Credit union educational staff and volunteers who use the curriculum from the Biz Kid$ series on national public television can now earn credit for their presentations from the National Youth Involvement Board (NYIB).
The cast of Biz Kid$, the public televsision show , teaches youth about managing money. (Photo provided by the National Credit Union Foundation)
NYIB provides a platform for credit union educators to report on presentations to classrooms and other youth events. As a volunteer network of more than 700 credit union professionals, NYIB also collects and shares materials, resources, and insight to help one another educate youth and attract young members. Now on the NYIB website, Biz Kid$ is among the programs in the drop-down menu for reporting presentations. In its third season with exclusive underwriting by America’s Credit Unions, Biz Kid$ is the first national public television series promoting financial education for middle and high school students. The 39-episode series is now airing in 97% of the U.S. public television market--reaching more than 230 million people over the age of two-- through 334 PBS stations serving all 50 states. Each episode comes with teaching materials, lesson plans and activities that meet national financial literacy standards. Credit union professionals and volunteers, as well as school teachers and after-school programs are teaching Biz Kid$' lessons in classrooms and communities. All ready-to-use curriculum and collateral materials are available on CD-ROM or via free download on the Biz Kid$ website. The core curriculum for five modules is available in both Spanish and English. “Biz Kid$ is a valuable addition to the NYIB presentation reporting platform,” said NYIB Chairman Brandon Pugh, director of communications and public relations for the South Carolina Credit Union League. “Biz Kid$ is an outstanding program that reaches key target audiences and complements the materials we feature from many other financial education providers.” “Curriculum development and community educational outreach have always been an important component of this project,” explained Biz Kid$ Project Manager RoxAnne Kruger, executive director of the Washington Credit Union Foundation and senior vice president of member and business development for the Washington Credit Union League. She noted that outreach materials represent 78 classroom hours for students in the fourth to eighth grades. “We’ve also created a new Biz Kid$ Teacher Professional Development Kit,” Kruger continued, adding the modular kit was unveiled to thousands of teachers last at the Conference for Teaching and Learning in New York City. The kit is available for public broadcast stations and station partners to download and use in their training initiatives with schools, after-school programs, and other informal educational settings. Teachers, parents and credit union trainers also will have access. Production of the Biz Kid$ TV series, website, and educational outreach materials were funded by a coalition of nearly 200 credit unions, credit union foundations, and other non-profits, service providers and individuals. Funds are needed now to finalize America’s Credit Unions national underwriting obligations. “The economy is tight, but please do all that you can to dig a little deeper to help secure final funding for an innovative financial literacy program that has never been more in need,” urged NYIB Member Heather Harris, vice chairman of the Michigan Credit Union League’s Financial Education Council. The new partnership was facilitated by the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF). NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin put together a Financial Education Resources Center at the Credit Union National Association’s (CUNA) Governmental Affairs Conference. Participants included Biz Kid$, CUNA, NCUF, NYIB, and the National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE). “All of our missions align around providing financial education,” said Delfin, who also served on CUNA’s Financial Literacy Task Force. “To carry on this cooperative movement, we must collectively promote financial literacy for millennials and the next generations of credit union members.”
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