Created in 2004, Maine Credit Unions’ Financial Fitness Fairs are a half-day event that targets high school juniors and seniors, and is similar to the game of “Life.” Participating students are given a career and monthly income, and then have to visit booths associated with various expenses that the average adult is faced with each month. After filling in a monthly budget form, the goal is for students to have a monthly budget that does not exceed their monthly income.
To participate in the new virtual Financial Fitness Fair, go here.
Since the program’s inception in 2004, over 65,000 Maine students have become fiscally fit after participating in a fair. These efforts have contributed to Maine Credit Unions being a seventeen-time winner of the Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education, making Maine the most recognized credit union system in the country.
Financial Fitness Fair Booths
- Student Loans
“Thank you to the credit unions for organizing these fairs. My students not only enjoyed participating, but learned a lot!” – Business Teacher, Bonny Eagle High School
“Living on a budget is about making sacrifices; that is what I really had driven home today.” – Cony High School Senior, Age 18
“If I don’t do a good job of managing my money, I’m going to have a tough time in life. Thanks for the chance to see how important it is to learn about doing a good job with your money.” – Sanford High School Senior, Age 17
“I thought I had it tough, but my mom has it much worse. She has to pay all of the bills and keep track of our finances. I have a lot of respect for the fact she is able to do it so well. This fair made me want to be better at helping manage finances.”- Leavitt High School Senior, Age 19
“Wow! I really learned a lot today. When I go off to college in the fall, I feel much more informed about finances.” – Fort Fairfield High School Senior, Age 18
“This was a fantastic experience for me. I am going to work a year or so before I go to college and this gave me a lot to think about. I feel better prepared today thanks to this activity. It was well worth it!” – Lake Region High School Senior, Age 18
“I never realized that managing money was so important. I’m so glad I had a chance to come today. When I go off to college in a year, what I learned today will give me a lot more confidence in how to budget.” – Madawaska High School Junior, Age 16
“I have a much greater understanding of what my parents go through every month, trying to figure out how to pay all of the bills.” – Oxford Hills High School Senior, Age 17
“This event opened my eyes. It costs a lot of money to live and this has caused me to re-evaluate my future career plans and to think about the importance of saving money.” – Erskine Academy Senior, Age 19
“My respect for my mom in making our finances work has grown from attending this event. I will now think twice before giving her a hard time about not giving me money every time I ask for it.” – Brewer High School Senior, Age 18