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Financial Reality Fairs

The fun financial way to make a lasting impact on teens.

Credit Score Wheel            Angelica and Student Reality Fair

With our free Financial Reality Fair, Guadalupe Credit Union can improve the understanding of money matters for teens using real life skills. Our fair simulates one month of independent adult living in two hours.* 

Student Experience

  • Receive a job and get a starting salary with deductions
  • Actively make choices to obtain goods and services 
  • Learn about buying cars, food, and housing
  • Borrow and save at the credit union
  • Balance their budget in order to live within their means
  • Visit a financial coach to explore ways to improve their financial future


  • Host credit union(s) and 1-2 lead coordinators
  • 50-300** students ages 13-18 (junior high and high schools)
  • Large room for life booths
  • 20-30 credit union/community volunteers

How GCU Can Help

  • Communication templates for schools and volunteers
  • Training and operating instructions
  • Signage and booth materials
  • Customized budget worksheets
  • Possible grant funding for other costs
  • Financial literacy classes can be added before or after the fair

*Fair times may vary depending on number of participating students
**Smaller groups can be accommodated with a modified version of the program

Past Reality Fair participants include Monte del Sol Charter School, ECO High School, Taos High School, Mora High School, Questa High School, Pojoaque Valley High School, McCurdy Charter School, & more!

For more information call 505-982-8942 or email

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Guadalupe Credit Union
3601 Mimbres Lane
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87507
Routing Number: 307084347
Federally Insured by NCUA
Equal Housing Opportunity
NMLS # 709308
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