A conversation with… Nikole Rios, Director of Education (Banzai)
So tell us, what’s new?
Those familiar with Banzai might notice that things look a little different. With the new year, we rolled out a new, refreshed brand with updated colors, logos, and illustrations.
What’s the impact this has had/or you hope it will have on moving financial literacy forward?
Our motivation for this update has been to improve accessibility for students with vision impairments while modernizing our brand. Improving Banzai’s ADA compliance ensures that more teachers, students, and parents can use and learn from Banzai without difficulty. Plus, the new logo and illustration style support our mission to cultivate a comprehensive, experience-driven multimodal curriculum that’s FUN for students and teachers.
How do we learn more?
You can see Banzai’s updated look on the Banzai.org homepage, as well as throughout the various courses and articles. As always, signing up as a teacher is FREE thanks to the sponsorships of local banks in credit unions in every state.
What else are you working on?
In the past year, we’ve also released a bunch of new content for teachers and students, including the Digital Literacy printed workbook, and courses covering topics like consumer smarts, soft skills, career paths, and more!
In the upcoming months, we plan to release games that teach students about retirement and the stock market. In the former, students serve as an elephant caretaker for the local zoo; throughout their career (and life) their goal is to contribute enough to their 401(k) and IRA to retire comfortably, all while navigating silly challenges and unexpected scenarios. For the stock market game, students join a fictional investing club and compete in a mock investing competition, learning to analyze trends and avoid risky investments
We’re constantly adding curriculum and updating existing content, so keep an eye out for updates at banzai.org.
Tell us more about your organization.
Founded in 2007, Banzai is an award-winning financial literacy education platform used by more than 120,000 teachers in all 50 states. Banzai simulates real-life scenarios with interactive courses on topics like budgeting, internet safety, career planning, and more, that meet personal finance state and national curriculum standards. The Banzai Wellness Center provides education for the general public with a library of free articles, calculators, and interactive coach sessions. Banzai is completely free to use thanks to sponsorship from local banks and credit unions.
Connect with us:
Nikole Rios, firstname.lastname@example.org