Pennsylvania Credit Union Association

Reality Fairs


"A Reality Fair (or “Financial Reality Fair”) is an interactive financial literacy tool for high school students. The Reality Fair concept is a unique opportunity for students to experience some of the financial challenges they will face when they start life on their own. It’s a hands-on experience in which students identify their career choice and starting salaries then complete a budget sheet requiring them to live within their monthly salary while paying for basics such as housing, utilities, transportation, clothing, and food. Additional expenditures such as entertainment and travel are factored in as well."  National Credit Union Foundation


Reality Fairs Schedule

Listed below are the Reality Fairs currently scheduled to be held throughout Pennsylvania.  Click here for more detailed information.

  • 05-07-15 - Shalom Christian Academy, Chambersburg
  • 05-13-15 - Pennsbury High School, Fairless Hills
  • 05-13-15 - State College High School, State College
  • 05-13-15 - Derry High School, Derry  (tentative)
  • 05-19-15 - Hempfield High School, Lancaster / Hempfield Township
  • 05-27-15 - West Scranton High School, Scranton
  • 05-28-15 - Scranton High School, Scranton
  • 08-06-15 - Philadelphia Area (various)
  • 10-29-15 - William Tennent High School, Warminster


Check it out!

Reality Fair at Northampton High School sponsored by the Lehigh Valley Chapter of Credit Unions.



This video is from the Reality Fair held at Neshaminy High School sponsored by Bucks First Federal Credit Union.


This video is from the Reality Fair sponsored by the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation, Westmoreland Community Federal Credit Union, Lesco Federal Credit Union, and Norwin Teachers Federal Credit Union held at Westmoreland Community College in Youngwood, PA for several area high schools.



John Kebles, PCUA Real Solutions Program Manager, presented the Reality Fair during the 2013 PCUA Annual Convention & Expo.  Click on the link for the Powerpoint presentation which provides an overview on 'Reality Fairs - Reaching the Teen Market'.


High School Students Meet Real World Challenges
Beaver County Times, October 21, 2013


To hold a Reality Fair in your area, please contact Kathleen Fey, Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Credit Union Foundation at 800-932-0661 x 5244.




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