Highland Park High School Students Spend the Day as 26-Year Olds

Topeka, KS – On Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, students at Highland Park High School will participate in FutureNow: Finance, a financial literacy program of Communities In Schools of Mid-America. The FutureNow: Finance program is supported by a financial stability impact grant from the United Way of Greater Topeka. This financial literacy program helps students understand some of the “realities” involved in preparing for an employable future and adulthood.

At FutureNow: Finance, students will be provided an occupation and salary based on their educational plans after high school, their current GPA, and their desired career field. They will fill out a lifestyle survey prior to the event, providing details about the life they plan to have as a 26 year-old.

During the event, students will visit a variety of booths to “purchase” housing, transportation, communication services, child care, food, utilities, insurance, etc. They will also have the opportunity to save money, give to charity and learn about unexpected things that affect daily life (e.g. accidents, unexpected visitors).

CIS of Mid-America is currently seeking volunteers to help during this event. For more information, please contact Becca Spielman, Field Director, at Becca.Spielman@cismidamerica.org or 785.856.0178.

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About United Way of Greater Topeka

United Way of Greater Topeka is advancing the common good and creating lasting community change by focusing on the building blocks of a good life: Education, Financial Stability, and Health. For more information, please visit www.unitedwaytopeka.org.