Credit union launches children’s show on financial literacy

Consumers Credit Union is partnering with three local creatives to launch a video puppet show for kids to help them learn financial concepts.

The Kalamazoo-based credit union, which has offices in the greater Grand Rapids area, recently said it is partnering with military veteran and Consumers CU member Michael Hyacinthe and two of his associates to launch “Money Minutes with Wimee and Friends”, a video segment for preschoolers and families with young children.

The show, available herewill feature 12 episodes featuring local celebrity Wimee, a robot puppet featured on WGVU/WGVK PBS, a character animated by local puppeteer, musician and children’s book author Kevin Kammeraad and his business partner and creative collaborator wife, Stephanie Kammeraad.

The project will also include content for children on Consumers CU’s social media channels throughout the year.

Hyacinthe, CEO and founder of Wimage, has been a member of Consumers CU for five years. Leaving the United States Navy, he dedicated himself to finding his next big life purpose. It was then that he created Has Heart, a Michigan-based nonprofit that brings together military veterans and artistic communities to foster healing through creativity. From this effort, and with a few twists in between, Wimage was born as an app that turns words into images.

“I grew up in New York, where creativity is present in all aspects of our lives,” said Hyacinthe. “So as a current resident of Michigan, I hope to bring that same creative energy to the work that I do to impact people across the country. I’m constantly trying to find new ways to use that creativity. to support injured veterans or help children learn.

Lynne Jarman-Johnson, director of marketing for Consumers CU, said the new show is a “fun and creative way to start building the foundations of financial literacy for kids.”

“This partnership is just the start of many exciting financial education opportunities we are preparing for our members,” she said.

The first episode of “Silver minutes with Wimee and her friends!” teaches children about coins.

Geraldine L. Melton