The National Credit Union Foundation is seeking funding from the credit union system to help sponsor season 6 of the award-winning Biz Kid$ television program. The cost to produce season 6 is $1.1 million. To meet television production deadlines, the deadline for funding is Sept. 30.
Organizations and individuals looking to make a donation for season 6 of Biz Kid$ can do so at ncuf.coop/bk6.
“Biz Kid$ is the only credit union funded and branded financial education program on television,” says Gigi Hyland, Foundation executive director. “It’s an invaluable vehicle for not only providing financial education but for creating awareness for credit unions throughout the country. It’s a great example of what credit unions can do when they work together because no single credit union could have made the program happen. We want to continue what has already become a great tradition.”
Biz Kid$ teaches money management and entrepreneurship. It is the first national public television series promoting financial education for elementary through high school students, and was created by the same team that produced “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”
Hyland notes the program contains curriculum structured enough for a classroom yet entertaining enough for the entire family enough to enjoy at home.
“Even colleges use it because a lot of those lessons that don’t hit home when you’re nine years old are just as valuable when you’re away from home for the first time,” Hyland says.
Public TV station programmers are looking for new material. New episodes significantly extend the life of Biz Kid$ on television and provide the ability to cover new topics and dive deeper into financial capability skills.
“A new season will address more timely issues and complement those with basics such as budgeting and savings,” Hyland says.
Launched nationally in 2008, Biz Kid$ includes an Emmy award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website targeting children 9- to 16-years old.
Through the power of collaboration, a coalition of more than 300 credit unions and affiliates nationwide have helped exclusively fund Biz Kid$ by donating more than $14 million.
Since its launch in 2008, it has reached more than 77.1 million public television viewers. Through the American Forces Network, nearly one million American servicemembers worldwide have access to Biz Kid$ episodes.
More than 10.8 million parents, educators, and students have been reached through a variety of creative education outreach projects.