LANSING, Mich. (11/24/15)--A Biz Kid$ financial education grant from the National Credit Union Foundation helped CASE CU host a weeklong financial literacy summer camp this year.
The camp, which the Lansing, Mich.-based credit union held with the YMCA, incorporated Biz Kid$ concepts and curriculum to strengthen the financial literacy of those who attended.
“Biz Kid$ episodes paired with the free curriculum is the perfect way to reach youth and to help them understand basic money management principles,” said Danielle Brown, foundation director of development and donor relations. Brown added that the materials will help support CASE CU in the organization’s efforts to improve financial literacy in its community.
CASE CU, designated a low-income credit union by the National Credit Union Administration, recognized a gap in financial education in its community and developed the summer program so that it could teach local youth about budgeting, saving, spending and debt, among other subjects.
The camp also focused on entrepreneurship and earning money. After watching Biz Kid$ episodes, campers were asked to create a business proposal with the help of local entrepreneurs.
“If we can educate our youth on financial concepts and then empower them by giving them the skills they need to capitalize on their innate entrepreneurial spirit, then we are working toward building community solutions to the economic problems that plague our area,” said Porsche Miles-Grant, CASE community engagement coordinator.
Added Miles-Grant: “At the end of the camp, the students explained how useful the camp was to them, and how it helped them to put their futures into perspective. They said that because of the Biz Kid$ Camp, they will practice the necessary skills to become financially successful.”