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Junior Achievement and Blue Ridge PBS partner to teach kids financial literacy

Broadcasting a TV series for kids about making, managing money

(Roanoke, Va.)-Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia and Blue Ridge PBS are teaching children how to make and manage money with "Biz Kid$," a fun, fast-paced TV series from the creators of the PBS/Disney series "Bill Nye the Science Guy." The show on Blue Ridge PBS features compelling stories from real-life young entrepreneurs such as a skateboard designer, a candy store owner, and a hip-hop music producer.

"There is a growing concern among educators and parents that too many children are not learning the basics of personal finance," said Katherin Anderson Elam, president of Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia. "'Biz Kid$' is a great program for helping children improve their financial literacy."

According to "Biz Kid$" Executive Producer Jamie Hammond, the ultimate goal is for the program to do for financial literacy what "Bill Nye" did for science. With "BizKid$," making and managing money is cool.

The show teaches the fundamentals of saving, budgeting, investing, and giving back to the community, and it does so through clever skits and educational segments. Spoofs of old TV shows and comedy sketches performed by a humorous cast of characters make the series a hit with both kids and parents alike. The King of Ka-Ching, a cheesy lounge singer, and Francine Fairtrade, a world traveler with extensive knowledge of all things exotic and financial, are two of the characters who add to the fun. Supplemental lesson plans are correlated to Virginia Standards of Learning (SOLs).

At a time when only 10 percent of youth in America are graduating high school with any kind of instruction in personal finance, "Biz Kid$" helps kids understand the importance of saving and starting good financial habits early on. In fact, of the many young people who now drop out of college, more than half leave because of bankruptcy, not bad grades. (Shown to the right: "Biz Kid$" features young business owners and philanthropists like Chris "Kharma" Kazi Rolle, who created a program that teaches kids about social entrepreneurship and overcoming personal obstacles through hip hop)

With a clear mission to educate young people about finances and help reverse this trend, the producers worked in partnership with JA Worldwide (Junior Achievement) to create a strong curriculum for the series. Each 30-minute episode of "Biz Kid$" has companion materials developed by JA Worldwide to be used in classrooms, homes and other community locations. These materials and other resources are available at no cost on the show's web site The site also features clips from the series and invites kids to apply to be on the show. Visitors can sign up for the show's monthly newsletter, The Vault, which offers ideas on how kids can start their own businesses, plus hints on earning money and tips on making their money grow.

There are a total of 26 episodes planned for "Biz Kid$." Check television listings and for  broadcast times. Major funding for "Biz Kid$" is provided by a coalition of America's credit unions.

About Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia

Junior Achievement is committed to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA teaches work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy to K-12 students, both in-school and after-school, through hands-on learning. Today, 140 individual area operations reach approximately four million students in the United States, with more than 3.5 million students served by operations in 114 countries worldwide. Over the past 50 years JA has worked with the business community and area school systems to reach over 309,000 students in Southwest Virginia. For more information, visit