Fort Worth, Texas— Approximately 120 students at Central High School in Keller, TX, received a hands-on dose of reality as they participated in Unity One Credit Union’s Dollars to $ense event last Friday, March 4. The interactive financial simulation was designed to engage high school students through a hands-on saving, spending and budgeting activity based on career and lifestyle decisions.
Attending students were given an envelope containing their profession, starting salary and an overview of the program. They were required to stay within their given budget while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing and food. Students learned quickly that temptations like eating out and purchasing the most expensive car were easy ways to get in financial trouble.
When asked what they learned while participating, Monica Diaz, student at Central High School, said “I realized all the expenses that I take for granted because my mom pays for them. I will be more cautious when I go out with friends and try not to go over on my data so that I do not cost my parents any extra money.”
“This activity is one of our most requested presentations, because it condenses a whole semester’s worth of financial education into a two hour event. Students gain valuable insight without facing harmful, real-life financial destruction. Teaching the idea of budgeting to students is a matter of life or debt, and we take it very seriously, ” said Alyssa Guillory, director of community and public relations at Unity One Credit Union.
Gary Williams, President and CEO, closed the event with a special Q&A session. Students were invited to ask Williams about his career and financial insights that led to his professional success.
Teachers and non-profits in the Fort Worth area may request to host a free Dollars to $ense event by visiting Unity One’s website at www.unityone.org.
About Unity One Credit Union
Established in 1927, Unity One Credit Union is the oldest credit union in Texas. A member-driven and not-for-profit cooperative, Unity One CU served the employees and families of the BNSF Railway for 70 years. However, after transferring its corporate headquarters to Fort Worth in 1998, the credit union expanded its field of membership to include other non-railroad companies, organizations and individuals.
Today, anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Fort Worth, Blue Mound, Saginaw, Haslet, Keller, Colleyville, Bedford, North Richland Hills, Southlake, St. Paul, MN and Kansas City, KS may apply for membership. Unity One CU has seven branches to serve over 30,000 members nationwide. For more information about Unity One Credit Union, visit www.unityone.org. Think outside the bank.™