What skills do youth need to succeed in the "real world"? This article describes "Welcome to the Real World," an active, hands-on program where youth participants explore career opportunities and make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those faced by adults on a daily basis. Participants choose a career, save 10% of their take-home pay, learn skills needed to manage finances, write checks and balance a checkbook, and explore alternatives that would help balance a budget. This program positively influences the financial management skills, knowledge, and attitudes of youth as they prepare for success in the "real world."
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Spencer, M., Petty, B., Stimpson, J., & Dees, L. (2003). "Welcome to the Real World" Positively Affects Youth Financial Management Skills, Knowledge, and Attitudes. The Journal of Extension, 41(2), Article 22. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol41/iss2/22