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Kristin HigginsPublic Policy CenterPhone: 501-671-2160Email: email@example.com
by Kristin Higgins - December 14, 2021
The Public Policy Center, which publishes nonpartisan fact sheets on every statewide
Arkansas ballot issue, has joined forces with Dr. Laura Hendrix in Family and Consumer
Sciences to offer an updated "Get Real – Here’s the Deal" station on voting.
"Get Real – Here’s the Deal" is a hands-on simulation Hendrix developed several years
ago to give kids an experience in financial decision-making. Youth are encouraged
to make wise financial lifestyle choices similar to what adults face each month.
"Citizen in Action" is the program’s 13th station. Participants draw a card to experience how they are affected by voting (or
not voting). The scenarios include sales and property tax votes that add something
to their community but cost them something in the process. Teens then write the cost
or reward in their "check books."
This may be the first time some participants realize voters have a say in setting
local taxes that apply to vehicles, phone bills and fast food purchases. The idea
is to leave them with an understanding of how they have a role in shaping their community
at age 18.
Teens across Arkansas experience "Get Real - Here's the Deal" during special events
at school. Extension's county agents provide financial literacy education in many
schools and use this "grab and go" program to highlight the financial choices that
await many students after graduation.
For more information about the Citizen in Action station, contact Kristin Higgins