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Poverty Immersion – A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge

Overview

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.

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

Outcomes

1. Policy Development

Lay the groundwork for strategic planning and internal policy development to address equity and access, and more effectively serve people in poverty.

2. Professional Development

Improve decision making and communication when interacting with low income clients and customers.

3. Program Development

Gain new insight into how poverty impacts access to programs and outreach.

 

The Poverty Immersion Workshop is only the First Step

The Metro Center also helps 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 Metro Center takes an individualized approach, recognizing each organization’s unique structure, needs, and goals to craft sustainable and impactful change.


 

Contact Information

To learn more, contact Martha Aitken by phone at 206-219-2429 or by email at aitkenm@wsu.edu