Originally posted in The Spencer County Leader
Hoosier Hills Credit Union is bringing financial literacy education to over 700 students and residents in several counties in Indiana.
Students at 15 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. Counties with access to Banzai include Dubois, Lawrence, Spencer, Orange and Perry.
A teacher at North Lawrence Career Center said, “Thank you so much for sponsoring the Banzai program for our students at BNL and NLCC! It has been a wonderful curriculum to implement, especially with hybrid-attendance schedules. I was able to provide guidance, but the students worked through everything on their own when they were at home and we discussed different topics on days they were at school.”
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 hoosierhills.learnbanzai.com.
“Thanks to Hoosier Hills Credit Union, 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.”
Hoosier Hills Credit Union has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in these communities by in- vesting 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 Hoosier Hills Credit Union expert, and even class visits to a branch to see it all in person.
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 hoosierhills.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.
For more information about Banzai visit teachbanzai.com.
For more information about Hoosier Hills Credit Union visit hoosierhills.com.