The Rebecca’s Garden Bonus Bucks Program is designed to reward students for showing improvement in the following areas: attendance, grades, attitude and behavior. The system also includes a component designed to teach students that there are also consequences for making poor choices. Although the focus of the program is on money management the program also enhances and improves other aspects of these youth’s lives. By teaching students how to save and budget their monies on a monthly basis, the program also strengthens decision making skills, improves management skills, helps students to become more task oriented, and improves their ability to set positive, achievable goals. Through these efforts we challenge students to become more proactive, instead of reactive as they develop the necessary life skills to be productive assets in society.
The mock banking system includes a banking account, safe deposit box, ledger and checkbook. Students pay bills, save and tithe to understand and practice simple ways to manage their money. Youth are also required to balance their accounts and learn to write checks. They are also given the opportunity to purchase items from the “Bonus Bucks” store on “Fun Friday” . This is one of many unique training tools Rebecca’s Garden of Hope uses to make learning fun for youth.