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Southeast Iowa Early Childhood planning Poverty Simulation at IW

Simulation participants gain insight into challenges low-income families face, community solutions
Mar 30, 2018

Understanding the every day reality of poverty is important for everyonem which is why Southeast Iowa Early Childhood is hosting a Poverty Simulation to help people gain perspective into what life in poverty is really like.

The simulation will be Friday, April 20, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. at Iowa Wesleyan University in the Social Hall.

During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families. Each family must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during four 15-minute “weeks.” Families will have access to community resources like the employment office, a pawnshop and a grocery store.

Although it uses “play” money, fictional scenarios and time limits, this simulation is not a game. It is a chance for people to begin understanding the challenges of living in poverty.

Attendees will gain a broader awareness of and empathy for the struggles of low-income families within the community. They also will gain insight into the potential for change in their community and map action steps to address poverty in their organizations or communities.

In southeast Iowa, over 20 percent of all children live below the poverty line and close to 25 percent of children five-years-old and under live below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

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