SECU Members Grant Additional Funding for Biz Kid$ Initiative!

G. Mark Twisdale, Executive Director
SECU Foundation
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SECU Members Grant Additional Funding for Biz Kid$ Initiative!

August 1, 2011 – SECU Foundation is pleased to announce that State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members have provided a $250,000 grant to fund the ongoing production of Biz Kid$ – an award winning public television series promoting financial education for elementary and middle school students.  Beginning production of a 4th season, the fun, fast paced series engages youth in topics such as saving, budgeting and entrepreneurship.  This is the second Foundation grant in two years provided for production assistance of the increasingly popular series, with $125,000 given in 2009.

Biz Kid$, with its educational focus, was a clear choice for Foundation support and is heavily utilized by SECU personnel in North Carolina middle schools.  Staff members in SECU branches have been trained on the curriculum and the Credit Union continues to work with the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to train teachers on the program.  Biz Kid$ television episodes and corresponding learning activities are shared with middle school students primarily in Social Studies and Career & Technical Education classes.  Thousands of students have already been reached through SECU’s efforts.  

SECU Foundation Board Chair Shirley Bell comments, “State Employees’ Credit Union has always placed financial education as a high priority and providing funding for Biz Kid$ is a great way to expand our reach with North Carolina students.  With today’s continuing economic crisis, our members realize that learning the basics of financial management is more critical than ever.  Biz Kid$ has been well received since its debut and we look forward to seeing its continued positive impact.”

About SECU and the SECU Foundation

SECU is a not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members. SECU has been providing the employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for over 70 years. Currently serving nearly 1.7 million members, SECU provides services through 238 branch offices, nearly 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 call centers and a website, The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of education, health and human services.

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