Poverty Immersion – A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge

Stuffed baby toysThe 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.

Poverty Immersion workshops improve the effectiveness of City governments, school districts, public agencies, and non-profit organizations.

… 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.

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Martha Aitken

WSU Seattle Office
901 5th Avenue, Ste 2900
Seattle, WA 98164 (MAP)

The Poverty Immersion Workshop is only the First Step

We also help agencies and organizations take concrete actions to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate sound changes in policies and programs to better serve a diverse clientele. The Metropolitan Center takes an individualized approach, recognizing each organization’s unique structure, needs, and goals to craft sustainable and impactful change.

Poverty Immersion Workshops Can Be Effective For:

Policy Development:

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.