Special to the Uplift Foundation
The Uplift Foundation proudly assisted with the Las Vegas debut of Mad City Money, a financial learning simulation activity organized by the Irwindale, Calif.-based Center for Financial Empowerment and facilitated by SCE Federal Credit Union.
Nearly 80 students participated in the event, which was held on Thursday, April 23, inside the gym at Cheyenne High School in North Las Vegas. Mad City Money engaged the students in various real-life scenarios. They were given a debit card and check book and required to balance their budgets as they made financial decisions based on family size, income, housing, the purchase goods and services and much more. Students were evaluated on their ability to manage budgets and make wise purchasing decisions based on their own assigned scenarios.
Mad City Money was extremely well received. Cheyenne High School Principal Dr. Zachary Robbins noted the high level of student engagement. Organizers from the Center for Financial Empowerment and SCE Federal Credit Union appreciated the students’ participation in the activities. Based on their questions in the post-event question and answer session, students enjoyed the activity. Every student was encouraged to open an account with SCE Federal Credit Union – the credit union offered a match of up to $30 for their initial deposit.
Members of the Board of Directors and the Business Advisory Board of the Uplift Foundation, leadership of the Kappa Xi Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and volunteers from Nevada State College and other supported the Mad City Money effort.