Credit Union Helps 2 Local School Communities Access Online Financial Literacy Program

Students at Lincoln and Mountain View colleges have free access to Banzai, an online program that lets them practice real-world money management, courtesy of Nusenda Credit Union.

According to a press release from Nusenda, the credit union is providing access to the award-winning financial literacy program and content library to more than 2,660 students and New Mexicans representing 30 schools and their surrounding communities.

“I’ve been using this program for a few years, and it always engages students and gets them thinking,” said educator Tracy Galligan of Taos High School.

Through Banzai online courses, students try to manage a budget, save for a goal, and navigate unexpected financial pitfalls. Teachers can track and grade student progress remotely.

Other resources, including articles, calculators, and customizable Coach sessions, explain topics ranging from tax filing basics to how health insurance works. These resources are available at nusenda.teachbanzai.com/wellness.

“Through Nusenda Credit Union, students in the region will now have access to a wide range of courses and resources designed to help them prepare for our increasingly complex world,” said Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. “We wouldn’t be able to provide these tools without their support.

Nusenda is also offering participating schools virtual or in-class presentations from one of its experts and class visits to a branch.

Banzai educational tools align with New Mexico State curriculum requirements. They are suitable for students and all members of the community, according to the release. After completing Banzai courses, users will know how to track their money, recognize financial compromises, and plan for a financially healthy future.

Teachers interested in using Banzai can visit nusenda.teachbanzai.com or call 888-8-BANZAI.