On Wednesday, July 25th City Controller Ronald C. Green hosted a press conference to kick-off the 2012 Skills 4 Living Game of Real Life. For the second consecutive year the city’s Bank on Houston program has partnered with Skills 4 Living Inc., to offer 100 economically disadvantaged, at-risk high school students a 100-hour financial, career, and college-planning curriculum.

The classroom experience culminates with a 16-hour reality simulation game where students “age” from 19 to 26 years old, in one-hour intervals, while working, paying bills, filing tax returns, and buying homes, cars, and insurance. The “Game” is the first comprehensive planning program to be approved by the Texas Education Agency.

While students play the game, parents have the opportunity to attend classes on banking, taxes, home buying, immigration, funding college, investing, and saving for retirement. Over 30 businesses financially support the Game and provide volunteers who help the students realize the careers and potential they can achieve through education and hard work.

The results from the pilot Game of Real Life showed 93% of the students attended a Title 1 high school, 100% went on to graduate high school, 98% went on to attend college, and 52% received academic scholarships.

The “Game” is held on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, 11612 Memorial Dr., Houston, Texas. For more information, contact Alexander Obregon at alex.obregon@houstontx.gov.