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Local teens get a look at real money problems in "Mad City Money" program

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Hundreds of local teenagers got a taste of the real world and real financial problems Friday as they tried to provide for their fake families.

Members First Community Credit Union presented the "Mad City Money" program to teach basic money management. The hands-on experience gives each teen an occupation, salary, spouse, student loan and credit card debt.

They then had to figure out how to pay the bills while buying everyday necessities.

"I think this puts a spin on it, gets them out of the classroom. It's more than just reading it from a textbook, they can actually get a real look at it," Melissa Clopper, Business Development Representative, said.

Kids from Quincy Junior HIgh, Quincy Vocational, Chaddock, Unity and Liberty attended Friday's event.

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