Press release from Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina:
Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina’s youth program is hosting a “Real World” event, Friday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Biltmore Church in Asheville. More than 400 young people are expected to participate in this year’s event
“We have worked closely with Buncombe County Schools, Asheville City Schools, and Madison County Schools to create this special event,” said Jaymie Eichorn, Vice President of Marketing and Communications for Goodwill. “The Real World event is primarily targeted to Career and Technical Education classes (CTE), but any student can participate,” said Eichorn.
The “Real World” is a simulation where students are given a monthly salary based on their field of interest and desired level of education. Upon entering the simulation, students must find housing, arrange for utilities, secure transportation, buy groceries, clothing and other essentials, all the while operating within a strict budget based on their monthly wages. Prior to the simulation, students will attend a banking and budgeting workshop to prepare them for the main event.
“It’s instructional, but we also make it fun,” said Eichorn. “We’ll give away some awesome grand prizes, provide lunch, and stage some friendly competitions, such as a social media contest where participants can win even more prizes.”
To volunteer to help with the simulation or for more information, visit https://www.goodwillnwnc.org/train/youth-programs/.