Help give Los Angeles high school students a financial "reality check"


Cause Areas


Thu Apr 19, 2018, 01:00 PM - 03:30 PM


1114 S. Lorena St.Los Angeles, CA 90023
12th grade students are thrilled to find out their monthly income... until they find out the cost of living expenses for a family in the Mad City Money simulation activity.


Have you ever wished someone had taught you about money before you made costly mistakes?

We give high school students a financial "reality check" with a hands-on simulation activity called MAD CITY MONEY. It gives youth a taste of the real world - complete with a career, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. During the simulation they must select housing, transportation, food, clothing, child care - all while staying within a budget. Teens experience unexpected bonuses and unplanned expenses, just like real life. They write checks and use debit cards for their purchases, and must balance their checkbooks and their budgets.

Community residents can help by playing the roles of Mad City Merchants at the event. This is your chance to help give today's youth the financial preparation many adults never had! Online training is provided.


  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Relationship Building
  • Verbal / Written Communication

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 20
  • Orientation or Training
  • 3.5 hours
  • Read instructions and watch 25 minute video training

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