The Poverty Immersion – A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge
Could you deal with the day-to-day realities of living a life in poverty? Understand what life is like on a limited income through a unique 3-hour workshop facilitated by WSU Extension. The Poverty Immersion is designed to help professionals, policy makers, community leaders and volunteers better serve people in poverty.
A Poverty Immersion can be used effectively for:
- Professional Development – build capacity by strengthening employees’ customer service and decision making skills.
- Strategic Planning – facilitate organization planning and policy development to better serve people in poverty.
- Community Development – build greater awareness of poverty in your community to create a foundation for change.
During a Poverty Immersion, 50 to 100 attendees virtually experience poverty when they assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. Although it uses play money and fictional scenarios, the Poverty Immersion is a role play – not a game. It is a powerful experience that takes only three hours but makes a lasting impact.
To hold a Poverty Immersion for your organization, workplace or community contact Martha Aitken, Senior Associate for Urban Extension, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download the flyer: WSU Poverty Immersion.
To learn more about the Poverty Immersion, listen the Marketplace story on National Public Radio: Pretending to be Poor Can Change Your Perspective.
For more information, please visit: http://metrocenter.wsu.edu/poverty-immersions/