BROOKFIELD, Wis.—Fiserv and the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks said they are partnering to support Milwaukee-based nonprofit SHARP Literacy, with a focus on helping students build financial intelligence and entrepreneurial readiness, Fiserv said.
The support of Fiserv and the Milwaukee Bucks will enable SHARP Literacy to incorporate financial literacy education into its existing “Design through Code” program, which teaches technology, life skills and design thinking. SHARP Literacy will also be able to expand the program to fourth graders in additional local schools and extend the course to 18 weeks, bringing the program to 10 total schools across Milwaukee and Waukesha, Wis., Fiserv stated.
Fiserv has the naming rights to the Bucks’ arena, the Fiserv Forum.
“Fiserv works with thousands of financial institutions, companies and consumers around the globe to create and deliver exceptional financial experiences, and is committed to serving the communities in which it operates through its Fiserv Gives Back initiative. This places the company in a unique position to help promote financial intelligence, or #fintelligence, which goes beyond financial literacy to empower people to take more control of their financial lives and reach personal goals,” the company said.
‘Essential Part of Life’
“Moving and managing money is an essential part of daily life, and we recognize that behind every transaction is a person, a family and a community,” said Jeffery Yabuki, president and CEO with Fiserv. “Fiserv is helping elevate financial literacy conversations to assist people in making better financial decisions. Our support of the SHARP Literacy program will help educate students about money management and financial skills, setting them on the path to a lifetime of financial intelligence.”
The enhanced SHARP Literacy program will culminate in a design challenge held at Fiserv Forum, where students will apply their knowledge of coding, financial literacy and design thinking to develop a prototype solution to an identified problem. Fiserv and Milwaukee Bucks employees will have the opportunity to volunteer at the design event as well as in SHARP Literacy program classrooms.
“The Bucks organization makes it a priority to create sustainable connections with youth across Wisconsin,” said Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks and Fiserv Forum president. “We’re excited to support the growth of Design through Code, which will give
Fiserv and Bucks employees a great opportunity to be mentors while providing youth a world-class environment to showcase their innovative ideas for the future.”
Building Critical Skills
“Our goal is to provide students with the education and experience they need to increase their confidence in learning,” said Lynda Kohler, president and Chief Executive Officer, SHARP Literacy. “By making it possible for us to incorporate financial literacy into our program, Fiserv and the Milwaukee Bucks are helping children build a critical skill that will benefit them throughout their lives.”
Going beyond Financial Literacy Month in April, Fiserv said it will continue the conversation on financial intelligence with its thousands of financial industry clients at the upcoming Fiserv client conference, Forum, the name of which was the inspiration for the new home of the Milwaukee Bucks. During the event executives from banks, credit unions, wealth management firms and other consumer-facing companies will engage around the cause of empowering consumers to take greater control of their financial lives, Fiserv explained.