Friday, April 20, 2018
A Money Smart Week 2018 program for Teens

Hosted by:
True Covenant Church 
200 Genessee St, River Rouge, MI 48218

6 p.m. Registration and Light Dinner
6:30-8:30 p.m. Mad City Money Event

“Life Happens” With Mad City Money

“If I buy an expensive car and house, I can’t afford clothes and food.”

That’s the lesson learned from one teenager who participated in Mad City Money, a simulation for high school students that teaches basic money management in a safe, fun setting.

This two hour hands-on simulation appeals to teens and gives them a taste of the real world—complete with occupation, salary, spouse, student loan debt, credit card debt, and medical insurance payments. Teens get an instant family and then move about the stations to purchase housing, transportation, food, clothing, household necessities, day care, and other needs. The event allows participants to make  mistakes - and  suffer the consequences of their decisions - in a realistic, but safe, environment. 

What’s included in the simulation? A mall for “wants,” a pushy car salesperson, a commission-based realtor, and the Fickle Finger of Fate. You guessed it—life happens. And in addition to several other merchants, there’s a credit union for financial services.

Cost: FREE (Thanks to a generous gift from Chemical Bank!)

**Volunteers, please arrive at 5:30 to help with set-up and directions.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information or assistance, please contact Laurie Rivetto at or 734-727-7234.