Biz Kid$ Teacher Training & Entrepreneur Contest  
 
Biz Kid$ Teacher Training & Entrepreneur Contest

Based on results from the Teachers’ Background & Capacity to Teach Personal Finance study, 89% of K-12 teachers agree that students should take a financial education course or pass a competency test for high school graduation. However, relatively few teachers believe they are adequately prepared to teach personal finance topics. 

The Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation is continuing their innovative Biz Kid$ Teacher Training and Entrepreneur Contest for the fifth year. This program, funded by a contribution from the Friends of Consumer Freedom, will provide the opportunity for teachers to receive that personal financial education, in addition to tips and techniques on how to teach the Biz Kid$ program. 

Participating teachers, with the help of a credit union partner, will implement the Biz Kid$ curriculum in their classrooms, and students will collaboratively create a business plan for a needed organization in their community, thus incorporating the entrepreneurship skills learned through Biz Kid$.

What is Biz Kid$?

Biz Kid$ is the credit union-funded public television series that teaches children 9–16 years old about money management and entrepreneurship. The Foundation has been a supporter of Biz Kid$ since its inception.

Contest Overview

An informational webinar was held August 31, 2017 and is available to watch now.

For questions or interest in participation, please contact Courtney Moran at cmoran@cscuf.coop or 469-385-6448.

Last Year’s Contest Winners

The winning credit union and school partnership from the 2016-2017 school year was WEOKIE Credit Union and its partnering school, Yukon Public Schools, won for their business Squish ‘Ems.

"The Cornerstone Foundation Biz Kid$ Entrepreneur Contest has been an exciting way for WEOKIE Credit Union to engage middle school teachers and students. Students enjoy Biz Kid$ episodes as they use humor to teach financial literacy and entrepreneurship featuring teenagers and the businesses they have started. Teachers value the free curriculum that accompanies each Biz Kid$ episode” said Brent Rempe, WEOKIE’s AVP of Credit Union Development.

Brent continues, "The highlight of our year in educational programming is our Biz Kid$ contest where we select our winning business plan to submit to the Foundation. All of our participating teachers bring a group of students to pitch their business idea to a panel of business executives and entrepreneurs in a "Shark Tank" style competition. Students practice financial literacy, entrepreneurial, public speaking, and teamwork skills."