Horizon’s Allison Takes ‘Biz Kid$’ into the Classroom
April 28, 2011
April 28, 2011
As part of April’s National Financial Literacy Month, Horizon Credit Union’s Relationship Management Officer Josh Allison took Biz Kid$ into a Coeur d’Alene school district summer program to teach the children about business and entrepreneurship.
Allison set up the classroom to look like a movie theatre, served popcorn and watched five core episodes of the hit PBS show, which introduce kids to basic money management and entrepreneurial skills.
Allison, who coordinates youth and business partnerships for Horizon, told a local paper Biz Kid$ has the single goal of helping prepare youth for future financial success.
“[This goal is] part of the credit union philosophy,” Allison said.
Biz Kid$ is a national financial literacy initiative, which includes a successful TV series, outreach activities, free curriculum, website, and monthly newsletter. The show teaches kids through a mix of strong financial education tools, dynamic sketch comedy, and inspiring true stories of young entrepreneurs.
The 52 episodes now airing are spreading into schools from coast to coast. Each episode has curriculum that is mapped to math, language arts, and social studies education standards in several states. More than 1.5 million students and teachers have been exposed to the curriculum, which has been implemented in classrooms nationwide.
Biz Kid$ has won a Daytime Emmy Award, an Environmental Media Award and a Silver Telly Award.
The show is wholly funded by the credit union industry, through Invest in America and America’s Credit Unions, in partnership with WCUF. WCUF and the Oregon Credit Union Foundation recently announced their intention to merge in the coming months. (More information here.)
Questions about Biz Kid$ or interested in bringing the show into a classroom? Contact Foundation Development Associate Josalyn Alston: 206.340.4814, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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