REALL (Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons) 

What is the REALL project?

 The Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL) project is a hands-on simulation designed to challenge youth (grades 7th – 12th) to think critically about how choices and decisions made in adolescence may have consequences in adulthood.

REALL addresses many of the competencies identified by the Missouri State Board of Education:

  • Identify components and sources of income
  • Analyze how career choice, education, skills, and economic conditions affect income and goal attainment
  • Relate taxes, government transfer payments, and employee benefits to disposable income
  • Explain how financial resources affect the choices people make

The REALL Simulation

The simulation lasts approximately three hours and is divided into interactive sessions which educate youth on the consequences of their choices.

Orientation: A facilitator explains the simulation rules and expectations. Participants are then given a few minutes to review their packet, containing their new identity.

Reactive Life: During this session, participants live the life of someone who made poor decisions during youth. All have dropped out of high school, some have legal histories, and many are seeking employment or have low paying jobs.

Proactive Life: Following the reactive life, youth experience adulthood based on positive choices made during adolescence. All graduated high school and continued their education in some way and are gainfully employed earning a living wage. Participants experience saving money, less stress and more.

During both reactive and proactive sessions, participants must meet adult level responsibilities, such as going to work, budgeting, paying bills and caring for children.

Debriefing: Participants divide into small groups and are led through a discussion comparing and contrasting their reactive and proactive life experiences. This is where they make the connection on how the decisions they make now affect their futures.



The Reality Enrichment And Life Lessons (REALL) project was designed by OACAC (Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation), in Springfield, Missouri.



Click here to view a REALL Simulation brochure.

Information Request:
Linda Grier, Data Manager
Please call 785-742-2222, ext. 135