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CUs Biz Kid to air on 105 stations in 26 states
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. (12/17/07)--Starting in January, 105 PBS television stations will broadcast the Biz Kid$ TV series to teach youth about finances. The 26-episode series is underwritten by America’s Credit Unions. It will air in the nation’s top three markets: Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago. Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Montana, New York, North Carolina, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Vermont have committed to broadcasting the series as well. Additional cities planning to broadcast BizKid$ include: Austin, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; Jacksonville, Fla.; Las Vegas; Milwaukee; Oklahoma City; Salt Lake City; San Antonio; Tempe, Ariz.; Washington, D.C., and Wichita, Kan. Biz Kid$ also will air on high-definition (HD) channels on Sundays at 5 p.m., beginning Jan. 27. The program already airs in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The National Credit Union Foundation (NCUF) is the largest funder of the underwriting group. NCUF committed $2 million over three years from a sub-fund of its Community Investment fund. “This TV series, together with the teaching curriculum being produced in part with Junior Achievement, will fulfill a key part of our mission: to bring financial education and literacy to our nation’s youth,” said NCUF Executive Director Steve Delfin. Each episode of Biz Kid$ will come with teaching materials developed by Junior Achievement. Companion materials and other resources for teachers and parents are available at www.bizkids.com. The site also features clips from the series and invites youth to appear on the show. Website visitors also can sign up for the Biz Kid$ monthly newsletter, The Vault. “We profile real kids running real businesses, from big companies with product lines to small businesses like dog-walking,” said Biz Kid$ Executive Producer Jamie Hammond. “The series also shows kids running businesses to advance social causes and give back to their communities. This humanizes the financial literacy aspect of the production and shows kids the range of possibilities available to anyone who wants to become a Biz Kid.” The first 13 episodes have been produced and paid for, but underwriting funds are needed for the remaining 13 episodes. Supporters can contact their state credit union league for information on donating. Biz Kid$ is produced in association with Junior Achievement Worldwide and WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, N.Y. Funding is provided by America’s Credit Unions, led by the NCUF and the Washington Credit Union Foundation. The Biz Kid$ team created and produced Bill Nye the Science Guy, which received 26 national Emmys and the National Science Board Public Service Award.
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