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CUNAs Mad City Money a hit in Sacramento
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (3/30/10)--The Credit Union National Association's (CUNA's) Mad City Money life simulation game was a big hit with high school students, parents, teachers and credit union professionals in Sacramento, Calif., last week.
Click to view larger image Students from Gonzales (Calif.) High School and Santa Catalina High School, Monterey, Calif., participate in the Mad City Money life simulation session during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' FOCUS 2010 CU EduConference in Monterey March 20.. The event was conducted by the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network. (Photo provided by the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues)
A coalition of credit unions took the game to Gonzales High School and Santa Catalina High School, where young adults learned how to manage their money. The students had to learn what many adults have trouble learning: How to balance the demands of work, family and a tight budget. "Having a program like this, where they're actually hands-on doing a simulation, I think they are learning so much more than just listening to an adult lecturing them about it," Carrie Birkhofer of Bay FCU told KSBW.com. About 25 volunteers from the the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network and credit unions in those states helped put the program on, which was also covered by The Herald of Monterey County. Andy Anderson, manager of corporate relations and government affairs for Travis CU, told the newspaper that his credit union had offered the Mad City Money simulation game five times, and "the kids really get involved with it. And when it's over, we get letters and phone calls from their parents, thanking us for teaching their kids how to balance a budget. I think it's a great thing." The program occurred during the California and Nevada Credit Union Leagues' FOCUS 2010 CU EduConference in Monterey on March 20. The event was conducted by the California and Nevada Youth Involvement Network, said the California league.
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