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An interactive real-world money challenge to prepare teenagers for life after high school.

Most teenagers don’t experience the financial challenges of adulthood until they are actually living on their own. They shouldn’t have to wait until that point to learn these valuable financial lessons.

Let’s give them a bite of financial reality today to better prepare them for their future.

In this Bite of Reality Virtual Fair, teenagers start by choosing a career that comes with a salary, family, loans, debt, and medical insurance payments. From there, they make their purchases and face surprises along the way. Students must learn to balance their needs and wants while maintaining a budget to live on their own.

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Students Will Learn How To:

  • Make real-life financial decisions
  • Manage a personal budget & savings
  • Spend wisely on wants and needs
  • Solve unexpected money problems
  • Navigate the financial challenges of living on your own

Reality Fair Details

What you need to know

This is a 90 minute reality fair for up to 30 students. If you have more than 30 students from your class that want to participate, please speak to the host.

Students will be required to download the Bite of Reality app to their mobile device or tablet. Ability to access the online GoToWebinar platform with a microphone is required.

Preparing for the Reality Fair

It is not required that students learn about budgeting prior to the reality fair; however, we highly recommend it. Speak with the host if you are interested in using our recorded pre-fair budget lesson that you can deliver to the students. This is an interactive experience, so we encourage you to prepare students on how to engage in a webinar effectively.

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Hosted By

Marissa Rustici

Marissa Rustici

Community Financial Education Specialist

Have a question about our reality fair?

Our Partners

Service Credit Union leads the students through the Mad City Money curriculum using the Bite of Reality App created by the RMJ Foundation, making this experience interactive and hands-on.

The Richard Myles Johnson Foundation was established as the California Filene Foundation in 1958 for the purpose of promoting credit union education and building a vibrant leadership force for the future.

Mad City Money is approved as a financial education resource for students by the Jump$tart Clearinghouse, based on the National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.