CUNA and the National Credit Union Foundation are impacting Washington, D.C., public schools by providing financial literacy materials to over 20,000 middle and high school students in the area.
Contributions for the donation were received on behalf of the more than 5,200 credit union leaders traveling into town this week for the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The GAC Giveback event is focused on the Emmy Award-winning financial education program Biz Kid$. The show teaches young adults personal finance and entrepreneurship and is exclusively funded by a coalition of credit unions, affiliates, and the Foundation. Attendees who donated towards the GAC Giveback event made it possible to put a DVD boxed set of Biz Kid$ in every public middle and high school in the district. Thus far, the Foundation has raised $40,000 in pledges.
“We’re here in D.C. during GAC to advocate for credit unions,” said Gigi Hyland, executive director at the Foundation. “This year’s GAC Giveback does just that because it allows us as credit union volunteers, employees and system partners to showcase why credit unions are different than other financial institutions. Together as a system, we demonstrated that difference by providing Biz Kid$ – a dynamic set of resources to help DC public middle and high school students build a secure financial future.”
On Wednesday, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle and Hyland will host a special presentation on the main stage.
Biz Kid$ and 15-year-old entrepreneur Moziah Bridges took the main stage on Monday during the opening General Session to introduce the GAC Giveback program. Bridges has received national acclaim for the success of his company Mo's Bows – an international bow tie company. His custom designs have been featured on "Shark Tank" and Bridges recently inked a sponsorship deal with the NBA.
Produced by the creative team behind “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” Biz Kid$ takes a fun approach to financial literacy with comic sketches and antics that appeal to kids from late elementary through high school. Hosted by young people, the series teaches the importance of giving back to the community and the basics of smart money management. Moziah can be seen in Season Six of Biz Kid$ where he provides advice to kids on how to turn $100 into $1 million.