Teachers throughout San Diego County are getting additional resources 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 for the fourth year in a row to promote the SDCCU Biz Kid$ program to help bridge the education gap so that kids can gain the skills they need for a successful future.
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.
“As one of the largest financial institutions in Southern California, a significant focus of SDCCU’s community outreach is aimed at improving these statistics and the financial health of individuals. We are proud to once again partner with the San Diego County Office of Education and the County of San Diego to provide the SDCCU Biz Kid$ Program to teachers to help educate students on the basics of money and business, which will lay the foundation for a successful financial future,” said SDCCU President and CEO Teresa Halleck Campbell.
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. 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.
This spring, educators were encouraged to enter to win the SDCCU Biz Kid$ program. The items are being delivered to the winning teachers this month.
Launched in 2008 in partnership with the National Credit Union Foundation (The Foundation), the overall objective of Biz Kid$ is to engage young people and help them develop life skills in the areas of financial literacy and entrepreneurship. Since its inception, Biz Kid$ has aired on more than 340 public television stations and has reached more than 65 million viewers.
The Foundation’s vision is making financial freedom achievable through credit unions. The Foundation believes that all consumers should have the education, tools and resources needed to achieve financial freedom. Through The Foundation’s grants and programs, credit unions provide widespread financial education, create greater access to affordable financial services and empower more consumers to save, build assets and own homes.
The County Board of Supervisors launched Live Well San Diego in 2010 with the goal of achieving healthy, safe and thriving communities across the region by partnering with community and city leaders, schools, businesses, non-profit organizations and residents.
San Diego County Credit Union is San Diego’s largest locally-owned financial institution serving San Diego, Riverside and Orange counties.