Staff Photo: Jason Braverman
Seventh-grader Edwin Gradados works on an assignment during a financial mentoring program on Tuesday morning at Sweetwater Middle School.
TOPEKA – Quest Credit Union and Communities in Schools, Kansas, taught real life money lessons in their program, "Reality U," a hands on financial literacy program, to the freshman class at Highland Park High School. Experts from the groups taught local students learn the value of their dollars. The day was divided into four sessions at 7:50 a.m. and concluding at 3:05 yesterday afternoon.
“We volunteered for Reality U in 2010 and were immediately hooked,” said Valerie Taylor, VP, Business Development, Quest Credit Union. “From our perspective as a financial institution, this is an outstanding program for teaching youth about the value of money, as well as their grades and the progress they make here in school.”
At Reality U students were provided an occupation based on their educational plans after high school, their GPA and their desired career field. Then, they are faced with making decisions as though they are a 26-year-old, in a scenario that includes marital status, number of children and monthly income. Students went on to visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, child care, insurance, groceries and more. They also got invaluable lessons learned about the cost of unexpected things, such as accidents or unexpected visitors.