union offers free online financial literacy program to area schools | Community

Choice One Community Credit Union and Banzai, a financial literacy program, are partnering to offer a free online financial literacy program to 17 local area schools. The program can be used by students who are currently engaged in distance learning. Banzai’s educational resources incorporate real-life scenarios such as paying rent, car insurance, saving for unexpected accidents, college, and more. Through sponsorship from Choice One Community Credit Union, more than 2,620 students and teachers at 17 Luzerne County schools have free access to Banzai’s online financial literacy program and content library of articles, calculators, and customizable trainers. All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom through any internet-capable device.

“The Banzai program will become an integral part of my curriculum,” educator Philip Rodzon of Wilkes-Barre Area Career and Technical Center said in a prepared statement. “I am a trades instructor who also teaches a certification class that emphasizes developing soft skills and workforce expectations and etiquette. The Banzai program fits perfectly with these key elements, as our students enter the workforce and begin independent lives.

“Banzai is an online financial literacy program. Kids have their own accounts and work on real-life based missions,” Banzai co-founder Morgan Vandagriff said in a prepared statement. “But because Choice One Community Credit Union sponsors it, local schools get it for free. More than ever, it’s important that kids develop strong financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Choice One Community Credit Union recognizes this and is doing something about it.

In addition to the Banzai Library, Choice One Community Credit Union also offers virtual or in-class presentations from local experts on hot topics.

For more information about Choice One Community Credit Union, visit choiceone.org.

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