What is Reality Check?
Young adults imagine the life they will have. But do they really know what it will take to reach their goals of the “dream life”? Reality Check helps them put it in perspective.
How Does Reality Check Work?
During a Reality Check program students make decisions regarding the direction their life will take. These decisions include:
- How many children and age difference
Students are then given a monthly paycheck. They then travel through life stations to see how far their paycheck will go. Life stations include:
- Buying or renting a home
- Phone and utility plans
- Vehicle purchase
- Medical costs
- Recreational activities and more
Why Does Reality Check Work?
Using real life situations and allowing the young adults to make their own decisions they become engaged in the process. The volunteers make it fun, and when a student successfully makes it through a month of bill paying, with money left over, a siren sounds and everyone celebrates.
Reality Check is fun, real, and an active program that allows youth to get a glimpse at what lies ahead in the “real world.”
Reality Check is offered in Goodwill’s 31 counties and 13 cities service area. If you are interested in volunteering at a Reality Check event, please email Sarah Stephens at SStephens@goodwillvalleys.com or call (540) 581.0620 ext. 222.
For more information on Reality Check, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (540) 581.0620 option 5.