A few hours per month
The Poverty Simulation is a tool used to inform participants of the day to day experiences for the economically poor. At least 25 participants are needed to hold a simulation with a maximum of 88 able to take part. When participants arrive, they are assigned a role to play. In timed 15-minute “weeks,” their goal is to meet their bills and make sure their family is feed. The entire simulation with introductions, simulation, and debrief will take 1.5 – 2 hours.
Volunteers are essential to the success of a simulation. There are 15 different volunteer positions: Banker/Loan Collector, Quick Cash Worker, Community Action Staff, Supercenter Clerk, Mortgage/Rent Collector, Pawnbroker, Police Office, Utility Collector, Social Service Office Receptionist, Social Service Case Worker, Schoolteacher, Employer, Childcare Worker, Inter-faith Services Worker, and Community Healthcare Doctor/Nurse Practitioner. All roles are thoroughly documented and explained. Volunteers will be required to arrive ½ hour before the scheduled simulation to review their assigned role and become familiar with their materials. You will then interact throughout the simulation with the participants.
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