The Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) recently announced their popular game, Claim Your Future® (formerly known as Get a Life), is now available to all Maine middle schools free of charge. Claim Your Future is a classroom and web-based resource that was created for middle school students to encourage them to explore education after high school, future careers and money management.
When played in the classroom, each student is assigned a unique Claim Your Future game wheel, representing a specific career, college degree, and monthly salary. Educators are encouraged to discuss various career and college options and lead students through a monthly budget activity. Through this process, students will understand the strong connection between the choices they make today and opportunities available to them in the future. They will also learn that higher education leads to more career options and higher paying jobs. The Claim Your Future game kit includes 50 unique wheels representing various careers and 150 student reward stickers. Claim Your Future game kits can be ordered online.
Claim Your Future can also be played online at ClaimYourFuture.com. Through the site, students are able to choose a career and navigate through different spending choices. They will also find descriptions of careers, key vocabulary, and various spending options. Students can also see a visual representation of how much money they’ve spent as they progress through the game.
The website also has a number of additional materials, including:
- 125 unique careers, along with descriptions and key vocabulary
- An Educator’s Guide, which includes budget worksheets, a detailed lesson plan, homework activities, and additional resources
- A printable budget worksheet
- A printable certificate of completion
In the fall, additional Claim Your Future resources will be made available, including:
- A training webinar for educators
- Additional web resources to promote savings
Questions regarding the game should be directed to FAME’s Financial Education Officer Mary Dyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.