NEW YORK, N.Y. (4/29/10)--The Emmy Award-winning Biz Kid$, the credit union-funded public television series that educates youth about finances, launched its fourth season by ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Wednesday. The Biz Kid$ team, accompanied by credit unions, visited NYSE in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month.
Stars from Biz Kid$ and credit unions ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday in celebration of National Financial Literacy Month and the launch of the fourth season of the popular credit union-funded public television series that educates youth about finances. (Photo provided by the Washington Credit Union League)
Bringing down the gavel were three of the show's young stars, Seattle natives Kaelon Horst, Alexander Oki and Austin Siedentopf; executive producers Jamie Hammond and Jeannine Glista; and Washington Credit Union League President/CEO John Annaloro, who represented the show's underwriters, America's Credit Unions. "This hit series has been such a success," said Annaloro. "Ringing the closing bell is just the latest recognition of Biz Kid$' importance and scope, as well as all the work and dedication that [is from] the credit union community." Glista said the new episodes, funded entirely by the credit union system, were some of the best and most timely the series has made. Also attending were:
* Mark S. Brantley, chairman, Municipal CU, New York, representing the African American Credit Union Coalition; * Clifford Rosenthal, president/CEO of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; * Kent Buckham, director of the National Credit Union Administration's Office of Consumer Protection; and * Ray Harris, vice president of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney.
Biz Kid$ was involved in a similar event last April at the NYSE's cross-street rival, NASDAQ. Other events tied with Biz Kid$' efforts to highlight financial literacy:
* The show is partnering with New York PBS station WNET to demonstrate the show's curriculum and collateral materials to New York City teachers. * Young entrepreneurs profiled on the show will teach the city's youths in a separate workshop about how to start business ventures and the importance of financial literacy. * The Washington Credit Union Foundation is instigating a new donation recognition program where contributors receive thank you gifts, tiered to the level of giving. Gifts include signed thank you letters, DVDs, t-shirts, studio tours and a chance to have a child appear on an episode of Biz Kid$.
To watch a video of the group ringing the bell, use the resource link.