One session of Reality U lasts about 90 minutes. Before the event, sophomores at each high school filled out an online questionnaire, designed to create a simulated prospective of their life in ten years, at age 26. On the day of the event, each student was given a sheet of paper with their future “reality”. This means that a percentage of students who indicated they wanted to get married were divorced. Some will have children and some will have to pay child support. There was alsoextremely important number on the sheet, which was the students’ salary. From here students visited different booths where they needed to purchase housing, child care, transportation, pay bills, and will had options such as donating to charity and buying a vacation. All of this had to be done within their means.
Reality U was a unique opportunity for students to become more financially literate.
Reality U was brought together by a team from Leadership Salina, in conjunction with USD 305 and Salina Area United Way.
Larry and Mary volunteer at the banking booth
Leadership Salina members get ready for round 1 of Reality U
Amanda and Joyce working the charitable giving booth at South High
Long McArthur volunteering for the transportation booth