Ascentra provides remote financial literacy resources to Catholic, public schools


For The Catholic Messenger

Catholic schools in Scott and Clinton counties, along with more than 60 public and private schools, have the opportunity to learn financial literacy through Ascentra.
More than 15,360 students have free access to Banzai, an online financial literacy program that includes a library of articles, calculators and personalized coaches. All of these resources are available to students at home or in the classroom via any device that can access the internet.

“Banzai is a web-based financial literacy program. Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” says Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. “But because Ascentra is sponsoring it, 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 Ascentra realizes that and they’re doing something about it.”

While students learn, teachers can easily monitor and grade their progress remotely. After finishing Banzai, students will know how to track their money, recognize financial trade-offs, build a budget and more.


The Banzai resources are available at

Ascentra has worked with Banzai for 11 years to build financial literacy in the Scott County community by investing time, money, industry experience and a variety of credit union resources. Teachers interested in using the program with their class can visit or call 888-8-BANZAI.

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