The Reality Store®
The Reality Store® events have all occurred for the 2018-2019 school year. We'll announce the 2019-2020 dates in the fall.
Be sure to download the Reality Store® Volunteer Information packet below to learn more in-depth information about the Reality Store® program.
The Reality Store® is a simulation that helps junior high students appreciate the ‘realities’ of life and achieve a better understanding of personal finance. In the Reality Store® simulation, junior high students pretend they are a 28-year-old starting out in their life and career.
In class beforehand, they have decided how many children they have (up to a maximum of 3), whether they are married or single, and, if they are married, whether their spouse works or is a "stay-at-home spouse." They then choose a career based on their current GPA and are given a corresponding monthly salary for that career. Students then enter the Reality Store® to spend that monthly salary at 16 different tables representing different aspects of life as an adult.
During the 2018-19 school year, this program was held at four local middle schools, where close to 1000 students participated in these events. Over 150 community members volunteered to run the tables at these events this year.
Volunteering for a Reality Store® is a fun way to interact with students and teach them important lessons. Typically, there are two or three shifts available at each event (usually two-to-three hours in length), and you may sign up for as many shifts as you like. Let us know if there is a particular table you desire, such as Housing or Pets.