We train groups and organizations, empowering them with tools to more effectively address policies and services surrounding issues of poverty. CoActive Connections believes that by gaining a deeper understanding of the unique needs of people you interact with, you will have more tools to accomplish your goals.
Poverty Awareness Training educates organizations, educators and policymakers who work directly with or have an impact on people experiencing poverty. Poverty Awareness Training gives participants tools and strategies to more effectively work with people experiencing poverty. The exercises, activities, and content of the training are customized to meet your organization’s objectives. Some examples of training objectives include: understand the context of poverty through the lens of people experiencing poverty; explore demographics, trends and assumptions about the local community and invalidate common beliefs about poverty; and learn communication strategies to more effectively work with people experiencing poverty.
The Community Action Poverty Simulation is a hands-on experience to understanding the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants play the role of an individual experiencing poverty. They navigate the poverty experience with other participants as family members, using whatever resources they have to pay their rent and utilities, eat, work, go to school, and seek community resources. Participants experience poverty on a personal level, intimately learning about the personal struggles that are associated with poverty. After experiencing the simulation, participants are often inspired to action.
After training, participants take ACTION.
• 80% of training participants plan to apply the learned principles to everyday interactions with people experiencing poverty.
• 70% plan to advocate to improve the lives of people experiencing poverty.
• 42% plan to volunteer at a local organization that works with people experiencing poverty
• 83% of training participants stated that they would consider changing the way they interact with people experiencing poverty. “I will try not be so judgmental and perhaps learn more about becoming a mentor or advocate.”
Training participant quotes and testimonials:
“Poverty does not devalue a person — we all need to be shown respect.”
“People should understand what its like so they do not judge or assume incorrectly.”
“I have strong connections with human services locally, and I was still very ignorant of the realities of poverty.”
“Without knowledge of what is affecting people, we can’t change the realities.”
“Most people don’t know what poverty feels like, or how easy it is to be in poverty.”
“Everyone’s situation is unique and we all need to work to find ways to help them in a productive way.”