Online Financial Literacy

Learn the value of a dollar

Members 1st Credit Union is bringing you Banzai, the financial literacy program used by millions of teachers and students around the country, to you and your home. Experience real-world financial literacy in a fun, safe way.

High quality financial literacy for free

Over 20,000 schools nationwide already use Banzai to teach real-world finance in the classroom. Now Members 1st Credit Union is bringing its three popular courses, Banzai Junior, Banzai Teen and Banzai Plus, to your home at no cost.

Prepare for the future

Members 1st Credit Union wants to help you, and your kids, prepare for what comes next. They're offering Banzai, a financial literacy program designed to teach individuals what real-world finance is really like.

Banzai Junior AGES 8-12

A young girl sets out to learn about money by starting a lemonade stand, opening her first savings account, and saving for a new bike.

Banzai Teen AGES 13-18

Follow the life of a recently graduated high school student, holding a job, working long hours, and making do with what life sends.

Banzai Plus ADULTS

Tackle adult financial dilemmas, such as maintaining good credit, buying insurance, understanding taxes, and qualifying for a mortgage.

Why don't they teach this in school?

Good question! Often they don't. Schools at times can be poorly funded and teachers inadequately equipped to teach your children about personal finance. That's why Members 1st Credit Union is bringing it home, to you and your family.

Learn what you've been missing.

Everyone has financial blind spots—get better at those subjects with our new content library.

Choose your own adventure

It's all about trial and error. In Banzai, you make choices and experience the consequences of your actions in a fun and safe environment. Each course presents you with dilemmas and puzzles tailored to your age and situation.

  • Income

    Even kids need the chance to explore how to make money.

  • Budgeting

    Teach them how to enjoy the money they make, while still meeting their needs.

  • Savings

    Show them how limiting their spending helps them reach their goals.

  • Borrowing

    Borrowing, while useful, can sometimes throw them off course.

  • Making tradeoffs

    Sometimes there's more than one good choice.

  • ...and more!

Simplify complex financial problems

If your child moved out now, what would she do? What choices would she make? Banzai uses real-life examples to help teach concepts like budgeting, making money, expenses and even complex topics like insurance and credit.

An in-road to creating conversations

Now there's a roadmap for teaching your children the importance of money management. Banzai creates conversations and instills healthy attitudes toward finances at home. As you and your kids use the program, you'll have the tools to answer their questions and shape their perspective.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Banzai free?

    Banzai is 100% free. Completely. No strings, no catch. Hundreds of banks and credit unions around the country, who care about teaching young people to be financially responsible, generously sponsor Banzai in their local communities.

  • What does Banzai teach?

    Banzai emphasizes practical skills over technical know-how. We call it "learning by doing." Banzai teaches healthy spending habits, planning ahead, insurance, and a lot more.

  • How long does it take to complete Banzai?

    Banzai is flexible—it saves your progress, so return to it any time. For the Banzai Teen and Junior products, plan 45 minutes to an hour to complete each course. For Banzai Plus, consider an hour.

  • What age groups is Banzai appropriate for?

    In Banzai, there are three courses: one for young children (ages 8 thru 11), a second course designed for teens (ages 13 to 18), and a third for adults (targeting ages 18 and older).

Banzai allows you to

access the program from anywhere, anytime.

No carrying disks, no deciphering installation instructions. Banzai is completely web-based so there's no need to install software. Gain full access to Banzai anywhere you have a computer.