Originally posted in West Bend News
Financial Partners FCU is bringing financial literacy education to over 1,540 students and residents in Allen County. Students at 12 schools and the surrounding community will now have free access to Banzai, an award-winning online program and content library that allows users to practice real-world finance from the safety of their home or classroom using any internet-enabled device. At a time when a solid foundation of practical financial knowledge is critical, these resources will make a huge impact on users.
A teacher at Antwerp Local High School says, “My students LOVE this program. Many have no insight at all in their personal finance future. Thank you for providing them this opportunity.”
Through the Banzai online courses, students try out managing a budget, saving for a goal, and dealing with unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers are able to easily monitor and grade student progress remotely. Other resources, which include articles, calculators, and personalizable Coach sessions, explain everything from the basics of filing your taxes to how health insurance works. These resources are available at financialpartnersfcu.learnbanzai.com.
“Thanks to Financial Partners FCU, area students will now have access to a wide array of courses and resources designed to help prepare them for our increasingly complex world,” says Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. “We wouldn’t be able to provide these tools without their support.”
For 4 years, Financial Partners FCU has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the Allen County community by investing time, money, industry experience, and a variety of credit union resources. Now, they’re taking their commitment to education a step further. Through their help, students have access to Banzai learning tools, virtual or in-classroom presentations from a Financial Partners FCU expert, and even class visits to a branch to see it all in person.
“We at Financial Partners FCU are proud of our 4-year partnership with Banzai and our surrounding area schools,” says Dave Shuey, CEO of Financial Partners FCU. “We feel it is vital for young people to get a foundational education of finances and Banzai has the ideal program. We appreciate the support of the teachers and schools that have participated in the program.”
Banzai resources are used by over 72,000 teachers across the U.S. These educational tools align with Indiana’s state curriculum requirements, making the program a fun way for students to gain vital skills and an ideal way for anyone in the community to increase their financial literacy. After finishing the Banzai courses, users will know how to track where their money is and what it’s for, recognize financial trade-offs, and plan for a financially sound future.
Teachers interested in using Banzai can visit financialpartnersfcu.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.
For more information about Banzai visit teachbanzai.com
For more information about Financial Partners FCU visit fi- nancialpartnersfcu.org