May 4, 2022 - 1:41pm --

The OSU Extension office in Warren County recently received the Compass Award from the State Treasurer's office. The award recognizes organizations, programs, and individuals across the state who are working to guide Ohioans toward financial literacy and empowerment. Our office was honored for the Real Money, Real World program that was developed by OSU Extension and is designed for youth ages 12-18. The program includes an interactive spending simulation that provides participants the opportunity to make lifestyle and budget choices similar to those they will make as adults. Thank you to Marcie Longnecker, Liaison for State Treasurer Robert Sprague, for presenting the award to Steve Brady (4-H Youth Development Extension Educator) and Laura Stanton (Family and Consumer Sciences Extension Educator), as well as for volunteering last week at Kings High School.

“Sound financial education strengthens not only individuals and families but also the overall economic health of Ohio’s communities,” said Sprague. “The Treasurer’s office is proud of its ongoing partnership with OSU Extension and our collective work to empower Ohioans of all ages to take control of their finances.”

“Engaging and educating Ohioans in financial literacy across the lifespan is critical, but that outreach is especially important for our young people,” said Cathann A. Kress, Ohio State vice president for agricultural administration and dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES). “In collaboration with Treasurer Sprague, OSU Extension is working to ensure that future generations have the necessary knowledge and skills to be financially prepared.”

Real Money, Real World is evidence-based and delivered through strategic partnerships involving county OSU Extension offices, local schools, and other community stakeholders that act as volunteers for simulations. Treasurer Sprague and The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences plan to expand the use of the curriculum statewide.

Real Money, Real World is currently offered to local communities throughout Warren County. If you are interested in learning more about the program, please contact Laura Stanton at 513-695-1311.