Created in 2004, Maine Credit Unions’ Financial Fitness Fairs are an insightful and fun budget simulation, 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.
Since the program’s inception in 2004, over 68,000 Maine students have become fiscally fit after participating in a fair. These efforts have contributed to Maine Credit Unions being an eighteen-time winner of the Desjardins Award for Youth Financial Education, making Maine the most recognized credit union system in the country.
Contact Jake Holmes to inquire about how to schedule a fair.
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