CUNA and the National Credit Union Foundation (the Foundation) impacted Washington, D.C. public schools by providing financial literacy materials to more than 20,000 middle and high school students in the area.
Contributions for the donation were received on behalf of the 5,000 credit union members who traveled to D.C. for the 2018 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). The GAC Giveback event focused on the Emmy Award-winning financial education program Biz Kid$. The “edu-tainment” show teaches young adults personal finance and entrepreneurship and is exclusively funded by a coalition of credit unions, affiliates, and the Foundation. Attendees who donated towards the GAC Giveback event made it possible to put a DVD boxed set of Biz Kid$ in every public middle and high school in the district. Thus far, the Foundation has raised $40,000 in pledges.
On Feb. 28, CUNA’s President/CEO Jim Nussle and the Foundation’s Executive Director Gigi Hyland hosted a special presentation on the mainstage during the 2018 CUNA GAC. Biz Kid$ and 15-year-old entrepreneur Moziah Bridges took the mainstage on Feb. 25 for the opening 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.