Engaging students in healthy financial decision making
Financial Reality Fairs prepare high school students throughout the region to make sound money-saving and spending decisions that will benefit them for a lifetime. By partnering with the region’s credit unions, we provide real-world simulations that guide students through a day-in-the-life of an adult’s financial responsibilities through an app-based platform called “Bite of Reality.” Students complete the 90-minute budgeting exercise by making everyday purchases and deciding on expenses, which impact their budget in real time, giving them a realistic look at money management.
Partner credit unions have been awarded kits to implement financial reality fairs in their local schools
"Students today are much more digitally connected, and regardless of income or experience at home, most have some type of smart phone or similar device. Engaging students via the technology they use every day allows for less time explaining or correcting issues for individual students during the fair – where time is always at a premium – and allows for more time for actually digging into the reality of the experience." - Stephen Pagenstecher, COO at Portland-based Point West Credit Union
Bite of Reality
All GoWest Credit Union Association members are invited to submit a grant application to host a financial reality fair in their community. The Foundation provides all materials and support to facilitate a successful financial reality fair. We recommend submitting an application six to eight weeks prior to your planned fair date.
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There’s no better time to teach young people the importance of healthy money management habits than during Financial Literacy Month and Credit Union Youth Month. One of the best ways to do that? Let them experience a day in the life of an adult with numerous financial responsibilities through the Bite of Reality App. On Wednesday, April 13, the Southwest Chapter of Credit Unions (representing credit unions in Canyon County, Idaho) proudly joined forces to host a Bite of Reality Fair for 9th graders at Middleton High School. Credit unions that participated included Clarity Credit Union, Idaho Central Credit Union,…