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Thursday, October 3, 2019 3:55 PM

Biz Kid$Credit unions have an opportunity to participate in the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation’s unique and acclaimed Biz Kid$ Entrepreneur Contest. Biz Kid$ is a financial education initiative that includes an award-winning TV series, free classroom curriculum, outreach activities, a website, and a monthly online newsletter targeting children ages 9-16.

Participating teachers, with the help of a credit union partner, will implement the Biz Kid$ curriculum in their classrooms from November 2019 through March 2020. As part of this, students will collaboratively create a business plan for a needed organization in their community, incorporating the entrepreneurial skills learned through Biz Kid$.

2018-19 contest winners
GECU partnered with Adrian Steven’s 6th grade class at Sageland Elementary School in El Paso, Texas, winning the 2018-2019 school year contest with their Scottie Teacher Services business. This service helps teachers with tasks and errands for a small fee.

What sets these students apart from other entrepreneurs is their mission to set aside profits to assist their classmates. More than 75% of the students at Sageland Elementary are economically disadvantaged, and 100% receive a free or reduced lunch. Students at the campus wear clothes that no longer fit, have worn shoes, and do not have jackets. The money made through these services are used to help those students with the greatest needs.

"This competition is a great stepping stone toward preparing our youth for the future," said Crystal Long, GECU president and CEO. "These students are tomorrow's leaders, and we're grateful to be part of such an amazing school with students eager to learn and put their entrepreneurial skills and creativity to work. We're proud of all the students who participated."

Next steps
The first step is to learn more about the program by viewing the Foundation’s webinar. Next, if you’re interested in participating, email mgarcia@cscuf.coop by Thursday, Oct. 10. An in-person training session will be held on Nov. 7 at the Foundation’s office in Plano, Texas.

Questions?
Contact Marina Garcia, the Foundation’s financial capability director, at 469-385-6445 or mgarcia@cscuf.coop.