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Financial Literacy Resources

This page includes an assortment of links to financial literacy resources relevant to credit union staff and volunteers. If you're searching for content to include in member-facing publications or share via social media accounts, please visit our Marketing Resources page. Have a resource to add? Send a message to the communications department.

Save@School is a special program that joins Kansas credit unions, State Treasurer's office, and schools with the common goal of educating children so that they become educated consumers who will make responsible financial decisions in the future. Students open savings accounts and make deposits to their accounts on scheduled savings days at their school.

Youth Savings Month
Credit unions celebrate youth in April and encourage them to set up savings accounts and learn how to manage money. Many credit unions plan special kid-friendly activities throughout the month.

BizKid$ is a public television series dedicated to financial literacy for kids. It is a weekly 30-minute TV show by the Emmy award-winning creators of "Bill Nye the Science Guy.” The show is fun, fast-paced, and features compelling stories about real-life kid entrepreneurs and reinforces the importance of budgeting, saving, and giving back to the community.

NEFE High School Financial Planning Program
Since 1984, NEFE has been addressing youth financial literacy with the nationally known NEFE High School Financial Planning Program® (HSFPP). The HSFPP consists of a seven unit student manual, instructor’s guide, and a dynamic suite of Web pages that offer a large, continually growing collection of resources, articles, and financial tools for teachers, students, and parents.

Mad City Money
"Mad City MoneyTM” is a 2½-hour hands-on simulation that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world. High school students take on the role of an adult in futuristic Mad City. They’re given jobs, income, a family, and debt. The challenge? Visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs while building a budget. Contact HCUA for digital resources.

Reality Fairs
The National Credit Union Foundation's Reality Fair (or “Financial Reality Fair”) is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students. The Reality Fair concept is a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. It’s a hands-on experience in which students identify their career choice and starting salaries then complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Additional expenditures such as entertainment and travel are factored in as well.

CUNA Seminars in a Box for Members
Adult member education is vital when you consider the sheer numbers of issues facing consumers. CUNA "Seminars in a Box for Members" includes everything you need to plan and execute a member seminar —just add the members! Topics include auto buying, credit, fraud and security, home buying, money management and organization and savings and investments.