It's Reality - Financial Reality Fair
On April 20, 2016, Soo Co-op Credit Union teamed up with area high schools to host a 90 minute interactive experience, designed to provide hands-on, real-life situations with the many financial challenges young people face as they venture out onto their own, post high school. Since its introduction in 2011, over 1,400 students have complete the It's Reality program. This unique live simulation provides students with a career choice and starting salary - students complete a budget and make choices to stay within their budget while paying for basic necessities such as housing, utilities, food, and transportation. Opportunities are presented to students along the way that require them to make decisions whether to purchase items (i.e. a paradise vacation or a puppy), in order to demonstrate to students the immediate effect that impulse spending can have on a budget.
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