Real Money. Real World. (RMRW) is widely recognized as a high-quality learning opportunity for youth throughout the state. More than 17,000 young people participated in RMRW in 2012, and data shows strong evidence of learning. Because of OSU Extension professionals, RMRW has earned the respect of many financial institutions and state organizations outside Extension.
Delivering RMRW in your community requires the purchase and use of the RMRW kit. Only Extension is able to purchase the curriculum. Once the curriculum is secured, county Extension professionals work with schools and the community partners to provide RMRW. The curriculum includes an expanded Extension educator section that details how to get started, how to organize the three parts of RMRW, and how to publicize the program.
If you are new to RMRW, please check with surrounding counties to see if they provide RMRW and ask if you can visit with them and/or attend a spending simulation. Doing so will help you understand the scope of the program and prepare to conduct one in your county.
Although the comprehensive RMRW kit is only available to Extension professionals, the classroom teaching materials in the curriculum are on a CD within the kit that can be duplicated for school teacher use. These materials include the teachers section of the curriculum as well as a series of PowerPoint slides for teaching all five lessons.
The importance of collecting completed participant surveys and entering the results into the online data collection system cannot be over-emphasized. Only data can support our claims that our programs make a difference. Establish a process to ensure your data is entered after every RMRW program. Data will be organized by calendar year, not school year, so be certain school representatives understand the importance of returning fall surveys prior to the end of December; and that they return surveys from spring programs prior to summer break.
Technical issues with the data base and data entry process questions should be directed to Brian Butler (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Thank you helping make Real Money. Real World. such a popular and well-recognized OSU Extension program. Its impact is real, and you are a huge part of that success.