Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (CDT)
Marriott Robert Trent Jones Grand National – 3700 RTJ Drive – Opelika, AL 36801
Sponsored by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education;
Sandra Little and Dianna Tullier
Our society suffers from a lack of understanding and empathy concerning the realities of poverty. Just Harvest works with other organizations, government bodies, and companies to conduct poverty simulations that help illuminate these realities and debunk the many stereotypes about “the poor”.
What is a poverty simulation?
A poverty simulation is an experience designed to help participants understand what it is like to live in a typical low-income family trying to make ends meet from month to month. It is important to keep in mind that it is a simulation and not a game! The main objective of the simulation is to sensitize the participants to the realities that low-income people face.
What is the purpose of the poverty simulation?
The purpose of the poverty simulation is to educate the broader community, especially our elected officials about the real issues that low-income families deal, the roadblocks that can be barriers to self-sufficiency and how those roadblocks manifest in behaviors and beliefs. It is our hope that those that participate in the experience will be motivated to become involved in activities which reduce poverty in our community – this includes advocating for a secure hunger and poverty social safety net.