Mad City Money is approximately a 2 1/2 hour hands-on simulation (no lectures or Power Point slides) that appeals to youth and gives them a taste of the real world... complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt and medical insurance payments.
Participants build a monthly budget based on thier incomes (given to them). They visit nine merchants in Mad City to purchase housing, transportation, day care, and other needs. There's also a mall for wants. White Rose Credit Union has an Office in Mad City to offer finanical services and advice.
Mad City Money 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.
If you are interested in White Rose running this simulation at your school or for a group of young men and women, please contact the Marketing/Communications Dept. by e-mail or by calling 717-755-9773 ext 111.