High school students take on the role of an adult in futuristic Reality Check.
They’re given jobs, income, a family, and debt. The challenge? Visit merchants to select housing, transportation, food, household necessities, clothing, day care, and other wants and needs while building a budget.
The Reality Check Program allows participants to make mistakes—and suffer the consequences of their decisions—in a realistic, but safe, environment. Most participants are surprised to learn “I can’t have a big house and a new truck on my salary and still pay for day care and groceries.” Once the shock wears off, they re-evaluate choices and manage their money effectively.
True to life, Fate visits each participant during the session delivering a windfall check or an unexpected bill. Once students have had their eyes opened by this simulation, the “Can I Make It on My Own?” Reality begins to set in.
The Reality Check Program is used to encourage teenagers to plan and budget for adult independence.