Have you ever “walked in the shoes” of poverty? The poverty simulation is a learning tool that will help you gain a better understanding of the daily realities of poverty. Register today to attend the poverty simulation we are facilitating on March 17, 2016 (Thursday) in Salem. Space is limited!
Poverty simulation participants walk away from the training with a better understanding of poverty and how it can impact lives and decisions. In addition, participants have made individual changes, as well as organizational changes, as a result of what they have learned.
“GREAT Hands-on learning. I did not come in w/ a goal. I attended because I was expected to attend. This impacted me deeply. I have family members…who are experiencing poverty and I learned that my judgment of them has not only been not — helpful, but detrimental. Thank you — Profoundly!”
During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of people experiencing poverty. Some are children, some are senior citizens receiving Social Security, and some are individuals or parents receiving SNAP benefits (food stamps). There are a variety of people and lives that participants will be role-playing.
Each participant has the task to provide for their basic needs, such as food, shelter, paying bills, and getting ahead through employment and education. Participants will interact with human services agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, employers, police officers, and others in this experience.
Although there are props and play money, the simulation is not a game. The simulation enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within the community.
Register today and share this announcement with colleagues who may be interested!