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Banzai! Financial Education for Juniors

September 10, 2018

Young kid uses Banzai Financial Education Program

Start Your Child Learning About Money

Play Banzai Junior

Banzai Junior is an interactive money game made especially for kids ages 8-12. Players simulate running a lemonade stand to make money and save for something they want. In this case, it’s a new bike or hoverboard. They practice making basic business decisions, paying expenses, borrowing money, and saving, sometimes without even realizing they’re doing it! To them it’s just a fun game. To you, they’re learning important money life skills. By playing the game and simulating the results of real-world decisions, they learn about how to spend and save properly, and set goals for themselves. 

To get started, you’ll simply need to sign in with an email, and create a unique password. Your child can go through as many times as they like. If they need to stop before they are finished, the program will allow them to jump right back in.

This is a fun way to share financial advice and lessons with your kids, and help them learn values to Live Smarter throughout their lives.

Kids can get started here:

Banzai Junior is part of our full Banzai Financial Education Program, consisting of FREE online financial literacy modules, providing education directly to our Members, to members of our community, and to local schools and teachers for use in their classrooms. They are all available online in self-paced, age-appropriate, fun and interactive modules. We believe that learning more about money management can help us all Live Smarter.
 

Financial Friday at the Children’s Museum

August 17, 2018

Young boy learning the importance of a dollar

It’s Never Too Early to Start Your Child’s Financial Education

On Friday August 24th at the Utica Children’s Museum, we will be hosting a fun filled financial event, where we’ll be teaching kids about the value of a dollar. This interactive financial literacy program is a great way to show children the importance of money, where it comes from and the value it holds. 

Kids will have the opportunity to speak with First Source representatives, ask questions, earn their own “paycheck” and decide how best to save, spend, and even donate their money to community causes in the First Source Kid’s Branch, located on the first floor of the museum. Two separate sessions are available for families that are interested in signing their children up for the event. 

We are proud to be able to partner with the Children’s Museum in educating our children about the importance of developing good financial habits.

Tom Neumann and the Ride for Missing Children

May 30, 2018

Thanks to Riders and Volunteers

Please join us in thanking our community for their involvement in, and support of, The Ride For Missing Children. Tomorrow, Friday, June 1st, is the 2018 Ride For Missing Children. Approximately 500 Riders and 150 Volunteers will hit the road starting early in the morning in Oneida, NY, and arrive in New Hartford that evening, reaching hundreds of school students along the way with a message of safety.

First Source President and CEO Tom Neumann shares why he rides and volunteers to support the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. He helps their work to educate people, support the families of missing children, and raise awareness and funds.



We are proud to be a part of this tremendous cause, and encourage you to support the Ride, and cheer the Riders along on their all-day journey.

Posted in: bike, charity, children, NCMEC, ride

Social Media Awareness for Parents

March 24, 2017

Keeping Kids Safe Online

As part of our community education series, we’re sponsoring a great program to educate parents on the basics of keeping our children safe online, especially on social media channels like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, and others.

Technology that was once the stuff of science fiction is now in our children’s hands. This presents both exciting new possibilities, and significant risks.

Did you know . . .
  • 85% of Oneida County students say they use “instant messenger services” (e.g. Facebook, Snapchat)
  • 41% of Oneida County students hide their online identity
  • 87% of Oneida County students have a personal email account
Become more educated, and more aware of the current technology landscape—and what you can do—through this program.

The talk is titled, “Social Media Awareness: What All Parents Need to Know”. 

Presented by: Jeremy D. Butler, Chief Program Officer, Safe Schools--Healthy Students
Date: March 29, 2017 
Where: James A. Meyers Performing Arts Center- New Hartford’s Bradley Elementary School*
Time: 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Learn more about what forms of technology young people are using, from social media sites, to various apps and games
  • Develop a framework necessary to keep children safe
  • Take part in an interactive discussion so all participants can learn and grow together
Hope to see you there!

*You do not have to have children in New Hartford Schools to attend; any parents/grandparents can attend.
 

First Source and the Utica Zoo

October 4, 2016

We were very proud to sponsor the Utica Zoo Master Plan unveiling reception, “Dream Big with the Utica Zoo”, where the Zoo’s exciting new improvements and future expansion plans were shared with the community. We also pledged major financial support for the new Education Animal Enrichment and Training Center. Who will join us in supporting this amazing gem of the Mohawk Valley? Give to the Utica Zoo here!

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