First Credit Union Hosts “Mad City Money” Financial Literacy Program for Teens

April is National Financial Literacy Awareness month so First Credit Union in Arizona decided it was the perfect time to host “Mad City Money,” a financial literacy program for teens. On April 2, First Credit Union welcomed 78 middle and high school students to Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos Campus for the event created to help teens become “money smart.”

Each student was given a future identity that included an occupation, salary, home, kids, and perhaps some debt. They then had to make budgeting decisions on entertainment, food, housing, education, and transportation. It was a chance for the students to see how budgeting can make a difference in their lives.

“It was like a real-life version of The Game of Life,” said Jay Curtis, President and CEO of First Credit Union. “They had an opportunity to see how they might make some different decisions if they had to do it over again.”

Mad City Money was designed as a way to prepare teens to manage the stress of adult life by setting them up with good financial habits. For more information about the program, visit:

Posted in Arizona, Regional Member News.