TD Sponsors Banzai - an Online Financial Tool in Local Public Schools

TD Sponsors Banzai - an Online Financial Tool in Local Public Schools

Published Friday, April 8, 2016

TD Sponsors Banzai - an Online Financial Tool in Local Public Schools

Students at Hamilton Southeastern High School in Fishers, IN & Mt. Vernon High School in Fortville, IN are getting a free education in how to manage their money. Tru Direction, Inc. is working with Banzai -- a national award-winning financial literacy program -- to make curriculum available to these two schools. 

"Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life," Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai, said. "But because Tru Direction, Inc. is sponsoring it, select local schools get it for free. More than ever, it's important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world, and Tru Direction, Inc. realizes that and they're doing something about it."

Students using the program are exposed to real-life scenarios where they learn to pay bills and balance a budget--but it’s not always easy. Students must learn to manage unexpected expenses such as parking tickets, interest charges and overdraft fees. The educational program also introduces students to auto loans, bank statements, entertainment costs, savings and more.


“We are really pleased to be able to sponsor this interactive program to help students learn to manage money,” said Ruth Nisenshal, program director at Tru Direction, Inc. and coordinator of the program with the schools.

"Too often students get out of school and they just aren't ready for the financial roller coasters life can give us,” Vandagriff said. “Banzai teaches students to navigate those twists and turns and come out on top. We're excited to work with Tru Direction, Inc. to improve financial literacy in local schools."

 (Reprinted from an article prepared by Banzai, creator of online financial education programs.)

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