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MCUA Annual Advocacy Meeting Includes Reality Fair

The Missouri Credit Union Association’s (MCUA) Annual Advocacy Meeting (March 10-11) features a new addition - a financial reality fair. This interactive event is an opportunity for lawmakers to see firsthand how credit unions make financial education a priority for members and their communities.  

The reality fair is scheduled to take place in the Capitol Rotunda on March 11, during the Annual Advocacy Meeting, with local high school students participating.  Credit union representatives are encouraged to take part in the Annual Advocacy Meeting and use the reality fair to help talk with lawmakers about their credit unions' financial literacy efforts.  There are also opportunities for attendees to serve as a volunteer in the reality fair.

For those not familiar with reality fairs, it is a real-life budgeting simulation for high school students. Each student is given a packet that outlines a life scenario, including occupation, salary, debt, family, and bills. Students must complete a list in the packet by visiting various booths that represent different scenarios, such a buying a car or purchasing a home. Credit unions or local businesses volunteer to man these booths. They offer students financial advice and guidance.

The Missouri Credit Union Charitable Foundation (MCUCF) and the Missouri Council on Economic Education (MCEE) have partnered to bring these financial reality fairs to high schools throughout the state for more than a year.

Other Meeting Details

The Annual Advocacy Meeting takes place March 10-11 in Jefferson City. Scheduled speakers will address data breach issues, the state Data Match program and federal/state legislative issues affecting credit unions.

The legislative reception and dinner on March 10 provides credit union professionals an opportunity to talk with state lawmakers about issues that affect their credit unions in a more relaxed setting before heading to the state capitol on March 11.

Register for the meeting here. A full agenda is also available on that page.

Have a question about registration? Interested in volunteering for the reality fair? Please contact Maria Langston at 314.542.1344 or via email

Caption: Pictured is a recent reality fair held in Poplar Bluff.