Budget Challenge® is an award winning and patented personal finance simulation where young people can actually experience how to manage money in a real life setting. We use a Learn-By-Doing approach to put students in the driver’s seat in our Road Test for Personal Finance®. Students receive paychecks and bills in real time and are challenged to manage their payments and save money for retirement in a 401(k).
This competition-style, web based simulation integrates traditional standards-aligned material with modern technology. Our program aligns with CEE national standards and puts these topics into action with real consequences.
Even more exciting, we’ve teamed up with H&R Block to make this program free to schools with a chance for students to win up to $3 million in scholarships. The H&R Block Budget Challenge® awards over 130 separate $20,000 college scholarships for students makes this an opportunity that can really change their lives.
Our wish is to work in conjunction with CEE affiliates to help bring Budget Challenge® and the H&R Block Budget Challenge® to the CEE network of teachers. Please forward this email with details of this amazing opportunity to the teachers in your network and help students in your state learn critical life skills and hopefully earn a few scholarships too. The attached flyer contains instructions for teachers on how to register for a free 10 week H&R Budget Challenge® simulation at www.hrbds.org.
Want to see some of our program results from last year? We were featured in an article in Time.com publishing some of our data proving that “kids really do benefit from learning about money in school…”time.com/money/3718868/financial-education-study-wisconsin/. We are also excited to present at the upcoming CEE national conference in October. If you plan on attending, I’d love to connect in person.
Please reach out to me if you’re interested in learning more about how Budget Challenge® and H&R Block Budget Challenge® integrate with existing curriculum or serve as a stand-alone class.
Outreach and Education Manager, Budget Challenge
Teacher Advisory Chair, Council for Economic Education