How do youth make the transition from being a student, to having real world responsibilities of their own? How do they decide what they want out of life, or better yet, how to achieve their goals? Reality U is a program that works with students to implement financial goals, understand money management and the different sources of income and the relationship between income and career prep.
This project is significant because soon, students will be on their own with these responsibilities. The community foundation awarded USD 407 a grant to bring Reality U to Russell High School. This program reached 130 students who learned what the real world was like in simulation.
Grantee Rashelle Schlyer said, "This grant was a tremendous influence on our project's effectiveness because it is something we would not have been able to do without these funds. The students talked about their experiences and frequently asked if life is REALLY like this."