Join Financial Reality Fair and Teach Students How to Manage Money

River Ridge High School students visit the clothing vendor while working to maintan a balanced budget at a Financial Reality Fair in February.

Many children grow up and become adults without ever learning the fundamentals of personal finance — checking, savings, budgeting, credit. On Thursday, November 20, you can help 130 students get a jumpstart on their financial educations by volunteering at a Financial Reality Fair in Seattle with the Northwest Credit Union Foundation.

Students from Juma Ventures will make real-world financial decisions, navigating the maze of needs, limits and priorities that typify adult financial lives. Volunteers will play vendors and financial counselors (no prior skills needed), creating a virtual financial world that is both challenging and educational.

By the end of the Financial Reality Fair, students will create working household budgets and learn what it takes to stay in the black.

Juma Ventures is a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty by making sure young people get four-year college degrees. They combine employment in social enterprises, college preparation and financial asset building, and since 1993 have helped more than 4,000 young people earn more than $4 million and save more than $2 million for higher education.

The Financial Reality Fair will take place on Thursday, November 20 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at Hotel Monaco in Seattle. You can register as a volunteer and get more information by visiting the NWCUF website and clicking Volunteer.

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