NWCUF is Bringing Biz Kid$ Financial Literacy Program Back this Coming School Year
The program will provide personal finance and business education in a flexible, virtual-friendly format.
Now, more than ever, personal finance and business skills are at the forefront of our minds, and COVID-19 has illuminated the importance of emergency savings, budgeting, and building small businesses that can weather financial storms.
The national financial literacy initiative, Biz Kid$, is a great answer to that need. The program’s free resources are widely supported by credit unions across the country. Now, the Northwest Credit Union Foundation is bringing the program back to the region for the 2020-2021 school year.
In a school year that will undoubtedly be defined by the need for flexibility, NWCUF is spearheading the effort, providing credit unions and school districts with modified curriculum and lessons to better meet the digital needs of schools and students. This year, there will be options for both middle school and high school students.
Biz Kid$ engages students inside and outside the classroom, helping them build life skills in financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Through the program, credit unions partner with educators to teach solid financial skills, encouraging students to showcase their creative business ideas while practicing smart financial decision-making.
This year, the program’s curriculum is highly flexible and the traditional business plan competition will be optional. NWCUF will support classrooms interested in participating in the contest or implementing the Biz Kid$ curriculum.
“This is a great opportunity for credit unions to support local teachers during COVID-19, as they work to identify innovative learning options for students at home,” said Sharee Adkins, NWCUF Executive Director. “This re-imagined programming will provide educators with flexibility, offering educational videos, sample lesson plans, and a credit union partner. It’s a fantastic way to introduce new curriculum into the school year, while giving students real-world financial education that will stick with them for life.”
In addition, the Biz Kid$ curriculum is a good educational opportunity for other nonprofits and afterschool programs looking for engaging content. Credit unions that are interested in participating in Biz Kid$ this year should reach out to NWCUF Development and Program Coordinator, Maija Noll. NWCUF’s Biz Kid$ program is made possible, in part, by the support of the National Credit Union Foundation.