Poverty Simulation Workshop in Traverse City - Sept. 19
Poverty Simulation Workshop
Friday, September 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
"Survive a 'Month' in Poverty" is a community leadership skills 3-hour conference, hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI). This learning opportunity invites a deeper understanding about the daily challenges of living in poverty for more than 23,345 individuals and families throughout Northwest Michigan. Begun in 2004, the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative is a grassroots effort to prevent and reduce poverty for our neighbors, friends, and families throughout Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska and Leelanau counties. Traverse Bay PRI workshop co-sponsors: Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University.
Workshop participants role-play persons in poverty in a variety of circumstances and situations: Some are newly unemployed, some have just experienced desertion of the breadwinner, others receive temporary assistance for needy families and children, and others are older residents challenged by illness and isolation.
During the workshop, you and your “family” will be part of a community that includes a bank, police station, school, grocery store, an employment office, food pantry, human services office, and pawnshop. Your main task is to provide both shelter and basic necessities for your family for a whole “month” (divided into four 15-minute “weeks”). Your fate may change overnight with a luck of the draw card that could bring you unexpected income or an unplanned expense.
At the conclusion of the simulation, you will be invited to share your poverty experiences, reactions and insights in a prevention and solution discussion led by Northwestern Michigan College Social Science instructors Brandon Everest and Diane Emling.
Registration Offered through NMC Extended Education Services
Make your reservation today: $15 (scholarships available)
Phone: 231 995-1700 or 800 748-0566 ext 1700
Mail: NMC-EES 1701 E Front Street, Traverse City, MI 49686
Walk-In: NMC University Center, Suite 108 2200 Dendrinos Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686
Looking Back at a Previous Poverty Simulation
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.
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