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Mad City Money

Mad City Money

Mad City Money is offered through a collaborative partnership between Members 1st Credit Union and the Youth Violence Prevention Council. This free financial training seminar is available to high school juniors and seniors and college-age young adults. The training focuses on budgeting, planning, check writing, and understanding a ledger. The most important part of our training is our real-life-scenario where students are given a fictitious life scenario containing a family, employment, bills, and debt. Students must make real life decisions regarding housing, vehicles, food, entertainment, clothing, and more while balancing their income and expenses. This is a 6-hour training that is conducted over two days, but can be condensed to a two hour training for schools and other venues upon request. Visit our events page to attend our next seminar. After completing this seminar, you will have an enhanced comprehension of:

  • Budgeting personal finances
  • Expense planning
  • Check writing
  • Utilizing a ledger
  • And greater understanding of how money can affect your life
Banzai financial literacy program


Members 1st Credit Union is bringing Banzai, a premium online financial literacy program, to educators and students for free. Using Banzai’s unique technology, Members 1st Credit Union teaches students to navigate adult financial dilemmas with real-life scenarios. Banzai is a complete out-of-the-box solution designed with flexibility to fit a teacher’s busy schedule; at a minimum plan two to five classroom hours to complete Banzai. It is a web-based program designed for access anywhere and used by more than 30,000 teachers in all 50 states! To learn more and/or sign up click the button below.

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How is Banzai Free?

Banzai is 100% free for educators and students. Completely. No strings, no catch. Members 1st Credit Union cares about teaching young people to be financially responsible and generously sponsors Banzai in our local communities.

What does Banzai teach?

Banzai features a financial literacy course for junior and senior high school students. Banzai is supplemental, however, it's designed to teach your students about finance using experience-based learning techniques to make its curriculum memorable and impactful.

See the high school course overview here.

How long does it take?

Banzai is flexible. It is designed to fit your schedule. At a minimum, plan two to five classroom hours to complete Banzai. If you are looking to fill more classroom hours, however, consider teaching from the Teacher's Edition of Life Scenarios, which contains additional resources to expand the curriculum, while your students complete the activities online.

What age group is Banzai appropriate for?

Banzai is designed for middle, junior high, and high school students (ages 13 to 18).

Eligible to all Butte, Glenn, Shasta, and Tehama County residents. Join Now