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Teaching the value of a dollar with Banzai

We know that teachers need a resource for the often mandated, but also underfunded curriculum of financial literacy. We also know that financial literacy has yet to achieve standard curriculum status so finding quality resources poses a real challenge. Here at SIU Credit Union, we’re deeply interested in helping young people become wise stewards of their money. We’re also experts in teaching fiscal responsibility. For that reason, we’re offering Banzai – an award-winning financial literacy program – at no cost to schools in our region. How do you get started? Just ask your school to sign up!

Schools need a program that is engaging and interactive. Financial literacy is more about what you do than what you know. SIU Credit Union’s Banzai curriculum will show students what real life is all about. It will introduce them to many of the challenges they’ll face as adults. In addition to introducing them to concepts, it will help them navigate financial dilemmas in a responsible way.

Want to get started? Ask your school to sign up at:

Schools also need a program that is easy to implement. Banzai requires little to no classroom preparation. Teachers can be fully set up with their own Banzai account, as can their students, in mere moments. Again, the program is completely free to use.

Chalkboards sometimes don’t cut it anymore. Banzai! includes interactive, online tools, as well as printed materials in order to keep students of all levels engaged.

While the Banzai! Life Scenarios can throw kids a curve ball (my doctor’s bill for that broken arm I got at that concert I went to last month will cost me how much??!!), Banzai Jars are a simple way to teach budgeting in a way kids can really understand. The difference is our “jars” are all online.

Give your students a solution, FOR LIFE.

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