Friday, February 28, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM (CST)
Alabama is the seventh poorest state in the nation, and nearly 900,000 Alabamians live in poverty.
The Community Action Poverty Simulation is a an interactive experience that helps facilitate understanding of the challenges faced by individuals in our community who are living at or below the poverty level. The simulation increases participants' understanding of hardships and the emotional toll experienced by impoverished members of our society and the work it takes to achieve self-sufficiency.
This educational and professional development experience was created as a way to help business and community leaders; students, faculty, and administrators; faith-based organizations, nonprofit organizations, and others understand the realities of poverty. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of families living at or below the poverty level. Participants will experience typical challenges faced by individuals living in the context of constrained financial circumstances including maintaining employment, caring for children or elderly family members, seeking public assistance, and dealing with transportation issues.
Social Work CEUs will be available.
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Alabama Possible is a statewide nonprofit organization that works to reduce systemic poverty and its root causes by inspiring Alabamians to pursue a state in which no individual’s quality of life is diminished by poverty. AP disrupts misperceptions, raises public awareness and collaborates with residents to reduce poverty and its negative impacts on Alabama’s families. Through its work and activities, AP educates Alabamians about poverty, collaborates with higher-education and faith-based institutions on poverty-reduction activities and advocates for fact-based policy decisions.