NEWS from LIFE Inc.
Living Independently for Everyone!
LIFE INC Idaho Falls assisted with the Idaho Falls Transition Team with the Reality Town Activity on March 15th. Approximately 55 transition age youth with disabilities registered for the activity. At the beginning of the simulation each participant is given a scenario as to their monthly wage, their family size, etc. They used this information to visit the different booths. (Housing, Finance, Transportation, Employment, Food, Entertainment, Pets, Military, Eating Out, Personal Hygiene items, Life and Car Insurance) A deputy from the local police was on hand to issue unexpected speeding tickets and how that will have to be figured into the budget.
The students determined how they will spend their money. It was the job of the volunteers at the booths to help the students decide if and how much money they should spend. The volunteers also assisted the students with writing checks and how to use the debit card and enter these transactions in their check registers.
The students had a lot of fun and some quickly realized that to make ends meet for the month, they may not be able to buy a new car and needed to use public transportation instead, and start cooking meals at home instead of eating out. Some students had to start over again and regroup with their wants and needs and look at getting a second job to provide for their families. The incomes ranged from minimum wage to higher incomes, but it all depended on the size of their families and how they learned to budget that made the difference.
After doing Reality Town the students, staff and volunteers got to listen to the guest speaker Logan Zuck and his life story. At the end of the activities I think everyone had a great day and was able to walk away with more knowledge of what living in the real world requires.
Lots of work but lots of fun with the students.
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