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Starving for Change: Poverty and Food Insufficiency in Northern Michigan
People in our community are going hungry. Find out why and what you can do to help. Brandon Everest's SOC 201 class at NMC take an in-depth look at food inequality and how it impacts the most vulnerable in northern Michigan.
A View of the Bay: PRI's Poverty Simulation
Follow the Perez family as they struggle to survive a month in poverty. Filmed by Michael Walton at the 2014 Poverty Simulation, hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative.
A View of the Bay: Assistance Programs
AmeriCorps VISTA Mike Walton takes a look into the world of public and nonprofit assistance programs.
Economy: Low Income Awareness
Students at Northwest Michigan College researched and created this video to dispel myths about low income people as they relate to the economy. This was a service learning project between the NMC Sociology Deptartment, Visual Communications Department, the Audio Tech Department, UpNorthTV, and Progress Village.
Difficulties in Obtaining an Education: A Story of "Rob" and "Bill"
This video is a depiction of the day in the life of two college students with one big difference: Income. Find out how low income affects college students. This was video was produced as a service learning project in collaboration with the NMC Sociology Department, Visual Communications Department, the Audio Tech Department, UpNorthTV, and Progress Village.
Veronica Gave a Homeless Woman a Coat and Got Yelled At
See Her Inspiring Response
Veronica wanted to design a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for a school project, but ended up doing much more than that. She gave people using homeless shelters one thing they needed most. This girl is the real life example of a proverb “Give man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
Students Participate in Poverty Simulation
Students from Leland High School and Northwestern Michigan College (NMC) joined other local residents at the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative's Poverty Simulation hosted by NMC. Watch the video to see what some of the students had to say about their experience.
Poverty Expert Speaks at Creating Opportunities Summit in Traverse City
National poverty expert Dr. Donna Beegle was the featured speaker at the Creating Opportunities Summit in Traverse City. Beegle discussed how people living in poverty are affected by a community's infrastructure including transportation, housing, energy, education, employment, and healthy food. Watch the video to find out more.
Creating Opportunities Summit Looks at Public Policy's Effect on Poverty
The Creating Opportunities Summit in Traverse City included a presentation by Northwestern Michigan College sociology instructor Brandon Everest. He looked at the effect public policy has on poverty, including issues surrounding economic restructuring. Watch the video to find out more.
"Challenging Myths: Stereotypes of Poverty" | an NMC Service Learning Video
In addition to studying a variety of social problems from the local through the global levels in a Modern Social Problems course (SOC 201), NMC students worked together on a semester-long service learning video project (SLP) that focused on myths and stereotypes about poverty and people living on low-income.
In partnership with Progress Village, United Way NWMI, Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative, and UpNorth Media Center, students conducted and recorded interviews with professionals, policy experts, as well as personal insights of generational and situational poverty. Coordinating with her for this video, a previous interview with Dr. Donna Beegle, Director of Communication Across Barriers and national poverty expert, was also used in the making of this mythbusting video.
The video will be used in presentations about poverty, as a training and educational tool for volunteers and others interfacing with low-income people, and demonstrating the use of service learning in classrooms. Producers: Susan McQuaid | Brandon Everest
Double Up Food Bucks
The Double Up Food Bucks program allows Bridge Card users to double their money up to $20 when they use their Card to buy fresh, Michigan-grown fruits and vegetables at participating farmers markets. Watch the video to find out more about how to use the Double Up Food Bucks program.
The "Survive a 'Month' in Poverty" workshop in Traverse City, hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI), and co-sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University North, helped give more than 100 participants a better understanding of what it is like to live in poverty.
Watch the video story to find out more.