The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
In the simulation, participants assume the roles of different families facing poverty. Some are newly unemployed, the “breadwinner recently deserts some” and others are recipients of TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, formerly AFDC), either with or without additional earned income. Still others are senior citizens receiving Social Security or grandparents raising their grandchildren.
The experience lasts from two to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participant and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences and talk about what they have learned about the lives of people in poverty.
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
3:00pm – 6:00p
The Promise Center at Historic Ballard Hudson
1780 Anthony Rd.
Please RSVP by Monday, November 25, 2013