Teachers throughout San Diego are getting additional resources this week to teach students about money and business thanks to San Diego County Credit Union (SDCCU), the San Diego County Office of Education, and the County of San Diego in support of Live Well San Diego.
The three organizations partnered this year to launch the SDCCU Biz Kid$ program and help bridge the education gap so that kids can gain the skills they need for a successful future.
"This comprehensive program is designed to teach students the basics of money and business to help them make better financial decisions early on and enhance their lives for years to come," said Teresa Halleck, SDCCU president and CEO.
Research shows that the average high-school graduate lacks basic skills to manage personal finances, many young people experience difficulty balancing a checkbook, and half of Americans live paycheck to paycheck. For more of these statistics, view the SDCCU Biz Kid$ program infographic.
"Financial literacy in our schools is an important part of a child's education and the San Diego County Office of Education is pleased to provide this valuable resource to local teachers, in partnership with the County of San Diego and San Diego County Credit Union," said Dr. Randolph E. Ward, county superintendent of schools. "The SDCCU Biz Kid$ program will help lay the groundwork for students to begin building a successful financial future."
Biz Kid$ is an award-winning, comprehensive financial-literacy program focused on teaching kids how to use credit wisely and the importance of saving, budgeting, investing, and giving back to their communities.
"Today's students will benefit years into the future from our new partnership with San Diego County Credit Union and the San Diego County Office of Education," said County Supervisor Ron Roberts. "The ability to manage one's money is a core element to achieving the county's Live Well Thriving Strategy, which focuses on helping communities grow and enjoy the highest quality of life."
The program includes an Emmy award winning television series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, and a website for kids 9 to 16 years old. Biz Kid$ 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. All of the Biz Kid$ episodes are based on national standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship education and have been mapped to individual state standards.