SOURCE: Banzai

July 12, 2010 12:37 ET

ND Department of Public Instruction Recommends Banzai Financial Literacy Software

PROVO, UT--(Marketwire - July 12, 2010) -  Thousands of teachers across the nation are addressing the need for financial literacy with Banzai, a web-based, reality oriented tool, free to students and teachers. Joining Banzai's supporters is the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, which recently recommended Banzai to its teachers and schools in response to a legislative mandate for financial literacy education.

Used by over 1,400 schools to date, Banzai merges classroom learning with real-world experience as students learn to make wise spending decisions through real life scenarios. Teachers use Banzai to supplement business, financial literacy, and consumer sciences courses, building entire units around Banzai or using it to supplement individual lessons.

Teachers receive free financial literacy lesson plans designed to accommodate many state curriculum requirements. Banzai's unique, jars-based budgeting system makes money fun for students at the high school and college levels.

Credit Unions: The perfect partner for teaching financial literacy
Teachers can log on directly to Banzai and receive immediate and full access to the suite of online tools, resources and customer support. Or, teachers can partner with a local credit union, which sponsors additional financial literacy resources and student incentives, including Banzai's MY MONEY starter youth accounts. Credit unions can also offer students an end reward of $10 to $25 given in the form of a new account bonus to students completing the program.

The benefits to not-for-profit credit unions are many: they now have the ability to easily implement a successful, turn-key financial literacy program, using this educational tool to grow membership. Credit unions, who sponsor schools, supply co-branded educational materials, and educate potential members about the benefits of credit union membership.

Credit union partners receive access to the experience and support of Third Degree Advertising, a leading credit union marketing specialist and Banzai strategic partner. The well-rounded Banzai financial literacy program also includes outreach materials for parents, helping them become strong partners in their children's financial futures.

About Banzai
Banzai ( is a web-based financial literacy education tool used by teachers in more than 1,400 schools across 50 states. It's available to teachers and students at no cost. Students can use Banzai to track their own finances, or use Banzai's Life Scenarios to learn about the expenses and financial dilemmas that come with adulthood.

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