What Poverty Simulation Participants Are Saying…

March 15, 2012

Local com­mu­nity part­ners facil­i­tated a Poverty Sim­u­la­tion event on March 13th, 2012. Par­tic­i­pants played the role of an indi­vid­ual expe­ri­enc­ing poverty, many of them becom­ing mem­bers of a fam­ily and learn­ing to nav­i­gate the poverty expe­ri­ence together with other par­tic­i­pants. While the sim­u­la­tion includes role play­ing, play money, and even props, par­tic­i­pants quickly learned that the sim­u­la­tion is not a game for our neigh­bors who expe­ri­ence poverty every day. Com­mu­nity mem­bers par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Poverty Sim­u­la­tion took their roles seri­ously. The accom­pa­ny­ing pho­to­graph is a mon­tage of words that par­tic­i­pants used to describe their sim­u­la­tion expe­ri­ence. One par­tic­i­pant described the poverty expe­ri­ence as “wait­ing for it to be over, but in real life it doesn’t end.” Con­tinue read­ing What Poverty Sim­u­la­tion Par­tic­i­pants Are Saying…

REGISTER! Poverty Simulation

February 17, 2012

Will you start out the month and be able to meet your family’s basic needs? … Or will you be one of the unlucky ones? You’ll find out when you join us for a unique oppor­tu­nity to expe­ri­ence the vir­tual real­i­ties of poverty.

Please join us on either March 13, 2012 or April 30, 2012 (8:30AM — 12:00PM) as we host a Com­mu­nity Action Poverty Sim­u­la­tion (CAPS). We are facil­i­tat­ing the Poverty Sim­u­la­tion, which is the result of a community-wide effort and mul­ti­ple col­lab­o­ra­tions to help our com­mu­nity mem­bers under­stand the real­i­ties of poverty.

Dur­ing a sim­u­la­tion, par­tic­i­pants role-play the lives of low-income fam­i­lies. They have the stress­ful task of pro­vid­ing for basic neces­si­ties and shel­ter on a lim­ited bud­get. Although play money is used, CAPS is not a game. It is a sim­u­la­tion that enables par­tic­i­pants to look at poverty from a vari­ety of angles and then to rec­og­nize and dis­cuss the poten­tial for change within their local com­mu­ni­ties. The sim­u­la­tion was designed to sen­si­tize those who fre­quently inter­act with low-income fam­i­lies, as well as to cre­ate a broader aware­ness of the real­i­ties of poverty among pol­i­cy­mak­ers, con­mu­nity lead­ers and oth­ers. It has been made avail­able by the Mis­souri Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Action. Con­tinue read­ing REGISTER! Poverty Simulation

What Does LOCAL Poverty Look Like?

YouTube Preview ImageAs a grass­roots orga­ni­za­tion, we con­duct inter­views and focus groups with res­i­dents in the Mid-Willamette Val­ley to hear and share their per­sonal expe­ri­ences with poverty. This video is just a glimpse into the lives of our neigh­bors, show­ing how poverty affects each one of us dif­fer­ently, and how we need to take each person’s con­text into con­sid­er­a­tion. Please watch and share!

[modal id=“877” style=plain color=default size=default]Melinda Gross[/modal], Pro­gram Coordinator