I Know I Can’s Early Awareness advisors have spent the last month in every middle school administering its Real Money Real World activity to current 8th grade students. The activity, developed by the Ohio State Department of Treasury, is built to simulate adult life and responsibilities for students, teaching them the reality of a budget, and how different sized budgets create very different lifestyles.
Students walk through life making financial decisions on buying a home, a car, paying for insurance, phone bills, kids, food and clothing. The lesson learned by participants is that going to college sets them up for a more comfortable and stable lifestyle later. For many, the revelation is groundbreaking, and often sends them home thanking their parents.
The I Know I Can AmeriCorps members have already visited several middle schools and will complete their visits in mid-April. I Know I Can thanks the principals, teachers and counselors who have been so open and welcoming to the IKIC staff and this program. Your support makes the difference in our success. To learn more about I Know I Can’s latest programs and events, please visit http://www.iknowican.org.