Poverty Simulation

POVERTY SIMULATION – Towne Bank – Darlington

Wednesday, November 1st | 5:30-8:30PM (3 hours)

What is a Poverty Simulation?

In a simulation, participants are divided into different families, all facing poverty.

Some families are newly unemployed, some are recently deserted by the “breadwinner”. Some receive some form of income or assistance, and may have been unemployed or underemployed for some time. Still others are disabled or are senior citizens receiving social security.

Everything participants need to know about their new family is provided.  Any money, identification cards, transportation passes, list of bills to be paid, resources, are included.

The challenge for families is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of one month, divided into four 15-minute “weeks”. They need to feed their families, pay their bills, maintain their housing, and keep their kids in school.

While some participants may meet their basic needs, others will find it difficult to keep their children in school, pay the bills, or steer clear of crime. Some find themselves homeless and helpless at the end of the month.

How can I help?

We need people willing to play the roles of Bankers, Human Services Workers, Teachers, Pantry Volunteers, Employers, Teachers/Schools, etc. around the room that families have to regularly work with to make ends meet and take care of themselves.  These roles are critical to the success of the simulation – people generally learn a great deal and enjoy the experience quite a lot.  We want those who are staffers to remain with us for about an hour after the simulation to debrief and share with all the participants, as this is a key piece of the learning that day.  We would love it if you could join us for the morning simulation, or the afternoon – or both!  Please see the attached sheet with a list of all the possible roles you could play!!

Please let us know if you’d like to help out or participate by September 28th – Contact info:

Lori Berget – Lafayette  County UW-Extension – lori.berget@ces.uwex.edu, 608-776-4820

Lee Gill – Lafayette County Health Department – Lee.Gill@lafayettecountywi.org, 608-776-4895