Poverty Simulation Facilitator Training
The Community Action Poverty Simulation is an interactive immersion experience for students. This simulation sensitizes participants to the realities of poverty. The main objectives are to promote poverty awareness through role-play by living a simulated month in poverty or with low income. Debriefing post-simulation will increase understanding and hopefully inspire local change in students’ perspectives and bias towards poverty.
There are several ways to be a part of this simulation:
A participant as a simulated family member.
A volunteer as a community resource partner.
Or you may become a trained facilitator, where you will participate as a participant and then attend facilitator training the following day.
This first simulation is a pilot. The goal is to have a sustainable interprofessional approach each Fall semester. During the summer pilot, our goal is to have as many students and faculty/staff as possible participate and interested faculty/staff/students become trained as facilitators. We will also have an ongoing need for volunteers. If you plan to become a trained facilitator, you will attend 2 days. To become a trained facilitator, it is recommended to be a participant in the poverty simulation not a volunteer unless you have previously participated.