A root cause of many of the issues in our community is poverty, and we believe that for many people it is difficult to really understand what it means to be poor. In an effort to help people ‘walk a mile in another’s shoes’, on March 30, 2019 we held a Poverty Simulation program from Community Action Partnership MN.
Here is an article which describes our event:
This is a slideshow of the Roseville Poverty Simulation:
Why a Simulation?
Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.
CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.
CAPS exists to:
>Promote Poverty Awareness. During the simulation, role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families’ lives.
>Increase Understanding. After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.
>Inspire Local Change. Together, you can be a voice to end poverty in your family, friends and community.
Here are is a document of facts on poverty: Poverty Myths and Stereotypes
Here are some things you can do: Poverty – What You Can Do
For more information about the Poverty Simulation:
Overview video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEsjpMfMEPs&feature=share