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HVFCU Provides Local Students With New Financial Literacy Programs

HVFCU Provides Local Students With New Financial Literacy Programs

August 10, 2017, Poughkeepsie, NY – Today, Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union (HVFCU) announced a new initiative to bring financial literacy education to more middle and high school students across Dutchess, Ulster, Orange, and Putnam Counties by providing them with free access to Banzai for middle schools and the EverFi Financial Literacy digital learning platform for high schools. Both programs provide educators with additional tools for teaching the important lessons children need in today’s increasingly complex financial system.
 
“It’s more important than ever to arm young people with the skills they need to navigate real life,” said HVFCU President and CEO Mary D. Madden. “These two programs provide students with innovative educational experiences using the tools they love–digital learning and gaming–while also making it easy for teachers to incorporate the topics into their lesson plans. The credit union is happy to provide these tools to help prepare our future generations for financial success.”
 
Banzai is an interactive, online program supplemented by printed workbooks which aligns with state curriculum requirements for personal finance education. It has become the largest program of its kind, serving more than 30,000 teachers and available in all 50 states. HVFCU is sponsoring 22 middle schools in the Hudson Valley region. Students are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget, while learning to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, monthly statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.
 
EverFi is a web-based program that uses the latest in new media technology – simulations, avatars, gaming and adaptive-pathing – to bring complex financial concepts to life for today’s digital generation. Through this platform, students will become certified in hundreds of topics in personal finance, allowing them to become more informed, responsible citizens. The nine-unit EverFi course offers approximately eight hours of programming aimed at teaching, assessing, and certifying students in a variety of relevant financial topics including credit scores, insurance, credit cards, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings, 401(k)’s and other critical concepts that map to national financial literacy standards. The platform uniquely tracks the progress and score of every student and provides those who successfully complete the course with Certification in Financial Literacy, a valuable mark of distinction for their college applications and resumes.

About Banzai
Banzai is an award-winning financial literacy software company that partners with local banks and credit unions to provide their high-quality program to teachers and students at no cost. As an added benefit of the program, the topics Banzai covers fulfill many state-mandated requirements for personal finance and financial literacy. After recently celebrating their 10 year anniversary, Banzai is getting ready to launch an adult curriculum, serving people of all ages. Their goal is to make this financial literacy program as simple as possible for teachers, while being fun and engaging for students. Learn more at www.teachbanzai.com.
 
About EverFi
EverFi, Inc. is the leading education technology company focused on teaching, assessing, and certifying K-12 and college students in the critical skills they need for life. The company teams with major corporations and foundations to provide the programs at no cost to K-12 schools. Some of America’s leading CEOs and venture capital firms are EverFi investors including Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, Twitter founder Evan Williams, Rethink Education, New Enterprise Associates, Inc. (NEA), and Tomorrow Ventures (the investment arm of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt). Learn more at www.everfi.com.

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