The Poverty Immersion – A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge
The Poverty Immersion is an interactive workshop that changes attitudes and challenges stereotypes about the working poor – paving a pathway toward professional growth and organizational transformation. 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. What you learn about poverty may surprise you.
“… yesterday one manager stopped me in the parking lot to share he has thought of nothing else since the workshop. He has set up a meeting with his director to discuss how his department might change a policy he feels penalizes people who are poor.”
A Poverty Immersion can be effective for:
Strategic Planning: lay the groundwork for strategic planning and internal policy development to address equity and access, and more effectively serve people in poverty
Professional Development: improve decision making and communication when interacting with low income clients and customers
Program Development: gain new insight into how poverty impacts access to programs and outreach
Volunteer Training: increase volunteers’ effectiveness by helping them understand the experiences and needs of the people they serve