‘Biz Kid$’ DVD Sets Now Available As Fifth Season Hits Airwaves

“Biz Kid$,” the credit-union funded youth financial literacy show, returned in January for its fifth season to take a close look at the economy, businesses that give back, and how to make good financial choices. Filmed in Seattle, “Biz Kid$” was created through a partnership with the Washington Credit Union Foundation (WCUF) and the Washington Credit Union League (WCUL). Every half-hour episode is produced in high-definition and focuses on a financial theme and profiles inspiring young entrepreneurs and social philanthropists.

In June 2011, the WCUF transitioned the administration of “Biz Kid$” project to the National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF), which now oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities for the show. “Biz Kid$” is underwritten completely by a coalition of credit unions and credit union organizations, and the new season pushes “Biz Kid$” past 65 total episodes and into broadcast syndication.

“Biz Kid$” takes a fun and funny approach to financial literacy, with comic sketches and silly antics that appeal to kids from late elementary through high school. Hosted by a group of young people, the series teaches the importance of giving back to the community and the basics of smart money management based on national financial literacy educational standards.

Episodes from the new 13-part series focus on businesses going green and being socially conscious, understanding financial institutions, running a fundraiser, evaluating investment opportunities, recognizing media manipulation, learning accounting principles, choosing a business structure, and becoming independent.

In addition to starter kits available from the NCUF, companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at no cost on the “Biz Kid$” website. The free curriculum, which has been presented to more than a million students, includes downloadable lesson plans and video segments that illustrate the topic.

The series, produced by the creative team behind “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” premiered in January 2008. Since then, “Biz Kid$” has been broadcast to more than 111 million households and aired in all 50 states on more than 330 public television stations.

In 2010, “Biz Kid$” won a Silver Telly Award for Outstanding Children’s Financial Literacy Education Television and Education Materials. The series also garnered a daytime Emmy in 2009, and in April of that year, the series producers were invited to ring the NASDAQ closing bell in New York City. In April 2010 and 2011, the producers rang the bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

DVD Sets Now Available

Biz Kid$ DVDIf a new season isn’t enough to satisfy your “Biz Kid$” appetite, box sets of the first four seasons of “Biz Kid$” are also now available from the NCUF.

“Leveraging ‘Biz Kid$’ is a great way for credit unions to teach financial literacy concepts in a fun and engaging way in their community,” said Danielle Brown, the NCUF’s national coordinator for “Biz Kid$.” “With these new box sets, credit unions now have a wealth of episodes on a wide variety of topics at their disposal.”

Every “Biz Kid$” box set includes DVDs for each episode and a CD containing PDFs of the corresponding curriculum for each episode. Late last year, the NCUF also made “Biz Kid$” starter kits, which contain core DVDs and additional educational materials, available to supporters.

Each box set or starter kit is now available for a donation of $60 to the NCUF. Credit unions, leagues and foundations can purchase box sets or starter kits to:

  • Donate to teachers, libraries or resource centers in local school districts.
  • Give to after-school programs, summer camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, children’s hospitals, daycare facilities or other organizations that serve children.
  • Broadcast “Biz Kid$” in credit union branch lobbies.

For more information on getting “Biz Kid$” box sets or starter kits, visit the NCUF’s dedicated “Biz Kid$” website.

 

Questions or Concerns? Contact Matt Halvorson, Anthem Editor: mhalvorson@nwcua.org.

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