Do you want to get a better understanding of what poverty feels like, and use that understanding to start thinking about next steps for action, integrating your empathy and knowledge? The poverty simulation is the appropriate training for you!
Not only are simulations one of the most effective ways to learn, but you will walk away with a deeper understanding of poverty by “walking a mile” in the shoes of someone experiencing poverty.
Course Description: During the simulation, participants play the role of an individual experiencing poverty, many of whom interact with other participants as members of a family. They navigate the poverty experience together, using whatever resources they have to pay their rent and utilities, eat, work, go to school, and seek community resources. Participants experience a month of poverty, which is separated into four 15–20 minute weeks.
While the simulation includes role playing, play money, and even props, participants quickly learn that the simulation is not a game for our (real) neighbors, friends and family who experience poverty every day.
Participants experience what it is like to learn about community resources, ask for help, create social bonds, how to get by with limited means, and what choices and limited opportunities make up the experience of poverty. The poverty simulation curriculum is made available to us by the Missouri Association for Community Action.
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