High Schoolers Will Learn Finance Basics at Financial Reality Fair

Over two days at the end of March and beginning of April, 450 students from Oregon and Southwest Washington will gather to learn how to make real world financial decisions at a Financial Reality Fair hosted by Fibre Federal. They are welcoming volunteers from regional credit unions to help make the event a success.

Financial Reality Fairs thrust students into a post-school context in which they have an income and expenses, and need to make decisions like what sort of house to live in, how much to spend on food and even what kind of cell phone plan to get. Volunteers — often from local credit unions — play the parts of vendors and financial counselors, helping the students navigate the tricky world of budgeting.

With support from the Northwest Credit Union Foundation, Fibre Federal will host students from local high schools for the event. Financial education is a key element of post-educational success, but one that is often lacking in our schools and even in our families. Through the Financial Reality Fair, these students will be primed to understand their personal finances and make wise decisions.

Volunteers are welcome to work one or more sessions, as their schedule allows. Sessions are scheduled as follows:

Tuesday, March 31:

  • Session 1: Volunteers arrive by 8:30 a.m., fair from 9:15-11:30 a.m.
  • Session 2: Volunteers arrive by 11:30 a.m.; fair from 12-2:15 p.m.

Thursday, April 2:

  • Session 1: Volunteers arrive by 7:30 a.m.; fair from 8:15-10:45 a.m.
  • Session2: Volunteers arrive by 11:15 a.m.; fair from 12-2:30 p.m.

Morning coffee and pastries will be provided, as well as lunch for volunteers. After each session there will be a short debrief/feedback period to gather information from volunteers.

If you would like to volunteer or get more information, please contact Shannon Cahoon at scahoon@fibrecu.com or 360.575.5728.

Questions about this story? Contact James Pearson: 206.340.4790, jpearson@nwcua.org.

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