Real Money, Real World
OSU Extension: Real Money, Real World
Real Money, Real World is a program available to any Greene County junior high and high schools. Please read below to learn more about this popular program. If you are interested in having Real Money, Real World at your school, contact the office at 937-372-9971.
Real Money, Real World
Each year, America’s high schools graduate thousands of young adults who are unprepared in matters of employment and financial decisions.
* Ohio State University Extension professionals developed the Real Money, Real World curriculum that simulates real-life experiences to help make youth aware of the money management skills they need.
* The curriculum focuses on making students aware of the correlation between educational attainments and earning power.
* Real Money, Real World programs are designed to be a partnership of the county Extension Office, the school, and the business community.
* An active, hands-on experience, it gives young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults.
Real Money, Real World is an active, hands-on experience that gives young people the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults. The curriculum is comprised of six lessons including:
1. How Occupation Affects Income;
2. Deductions-What You See is Not What You Get;
3. How to Use Checking and Savings Accounts;
4. Making Choices- Preparing for the Simulation;
5. Real Money, Real World Simulation; and
6. What Did You Learn?
Throughout the duration of the program, students assume the role of a 25-year-old adult who is the sole income provider for a family. They receive an occupation, monthly salary, and the number of children they are raising. Students learn to subtract savings, taxes, and health insurance amounts from their income. The amount of money left over is what they have to spend during the simulation activity. The simulation involves community volunteers who represent actual businesses in the community; these volunteers set up and staff booths representing real-life businesses. By visiting the appropriate booths, students spend their salaries on items typically found in a monthly budget including housing, utilities, groceries, insurance, childcare, and transportation. Throughout the activity, students keep track of their finances and attempt to complete the simulation with a positive balance. During the post-simulation lesson, students reflect on their experience and what they learned by completing a self-assessment.
State Signature Program Leaders
Curriculum and Implementation:
Evaluation Data Entry
Documented Impact Resources (found on above link)
Real Money, Real World 2009 Follow-up Study - Executive Summary (pdf) (07.16.09)
Real Money, Real World Evaluation - Executive Summary (pdf) (04.04.2008)
Real Money, Real World Evaluation -Final Report (pdf) (04.04.2008)
Review of Literature in support of Real Money, Real World Evaluation (pdf) (05.23.08)
Value Added Resources
* Make College Happen handouts for grades 4-6; grades 7-8. grades 9-10.
* NEFE High School Financial Planning Program curriculum.
FREE Instructor Manual, CD, and Student Guides.