Biz Kid$ has hit primetime with a new one-hour special for the Ashoka organization, which supports social entrepreneurship around the world.
The special, titled Biz Kid$ - Three Minutes to Change the World, follows four young entrepreneurs as they compete in an international contest to change the world. The semi-finalists have 180 seconds to present their business ideas to some of the world’s most influential technology leaders.
Biz Kid$ is the credit union-funded public television series that teaches kids about money management and entrepreneurship. The special began airing in May and will continue to air in pre-prime or prime time spots in various cities on public television through 2012.
“The special is meant to inspire people of all ages to use innovation and technology to bring about change in their communities,” said Danielle Brown, Biz Kid$ national program coordinator for the National Credit Union Foundation. “The two funder credits we have on each episode for America’s Credit Unions and lovemycreditunion.org will be on the top and end of the special, which is great brand extension for credit unions as well as Biz Kid$.”
In more branching out news, a Biz Kid$ high school textbook on banking and financial systems is now available. The first textbook to receive the Jump$tart Coalition’s seal of approval, it is branded with the Biz Kid$ look and logo and QR codes are contained in each chapter for students to connect to corresponding Biz Kid$ episode clips via mobile phones.
The online and DVD version of the textbook also includes chapter on in-school credit union branches that was authored by Cathy Brorson, outreach coordinator at the $901 million Kitsap Federal Credit Union in Bremerton, Wash.
The NCUF oversees fundraising, outreach and administrative responsibilities of Biz Kid$, which recently started its fifth season. Over the past six years, more than 290 credit unions and affiliated organizations have raised more than $13.2 million to support the show’s production, website and curriculum.