What is it about?
Fun, Safe, and Interactive
App Store Description
Fun, Safe, and Interactive
Bite of Reality is a two-and-a-half-hour, hands-on simulation that appeals to teens while giving them a taste of real-world financial realities. Teens are given a fictional occupation, salary, spouse and family, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. The teens then walk around to various table-top stations to “purchase” housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. Fortunately, the game also includes a “credit union” to help with their financial needs.
This interactive activity will teach teens how to make financial decisions and give them a better understanding of the challenges of living on a budget. Teens will have to deal with a pushy “car salesperson” and a commission-based “realtor,” and weigh their wants versus their needs. There’s even a “Fickle Finger of Fate” that will give some of the students unexpected “expenses” or “windfalls”—just like in real life.
What are the benefits of Bite of Reality?
Teaches basic money management in a safe, fun setting
Simulates everyday financial challenges and situations
Introduces the next generation to the benefits of credit unions
Helps you build relationships with schools, educators, and parents in your communities
The RMJ Foundation will provide all the materials needed for the program at no cost to you
Free to the students
How can my chapter or credit union participate?
Contact the RMJ Foundation, which will supply:
Materials for both participants and merchants
Training materials for merchants
Pre-work options that you can mail or e-mail to participants
Certificates of completion
Customizable marketing pieces for you to print and distribute including invitation letters, promotional articles, and a poster
All the supplies needed for the event
On-site support on the day of your event
What does my chapter or credit union need to put on a Bite of Reality event?
20 adult volunteers to staff the session, including 10–15 adults to play the role of various merchants (30-day lead time is recommended)
2 hours of on-site preparation on the day of the event
2.5 hours for simulation and debrief
50+ teens (target is grades 8–12)
Pre-work for participants on balancing a check/ debit card register
Bite of Reality is offered exclusively to credit unions by the RMJ Foundation. Events similar to Bite of Reality have received positive feedback from teens, schools, and credit unions throughout California and Nevada!
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