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Wearing Their Shoes: Poverty Simulations at Madison College

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Madison Area Technical College

Madison, WI

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Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. This 3-hour, immersive, experiential learning opportunity designed to help participants catch a glimpse into the realities of a lifetime living in poverty. This experience will be facilitated By Great Rivers United Way.

Great Rivers United Way’s Poverty Simulation offers community members the opportunity to be sensitized to the realities faced by individuals with low incomes. In the simulation, participants are assigned an identity and a family for one “month.” During four 15-minute “weeks,” participants try to navigate daily life on their family’s low-income budget, with the goal of retaining shelter and meeting basic needs.

The two and half hour time period includes an introduction and briefing; the actual simulation exercise, where you assume the role of family member; and a debriefing period, during which participants and volunteer staffers share their feelings and experiences.

This experience will be offered at Truax, Reedsburg, Portage, Ft. Atkinson, and Watertown.

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Reedsburg Campus: Wednesday, Nov. 14, Room 111, 1-4 PM

300 Alexander Ave.
Reedsburg, WI 53959

Ft. Atkinson Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 6, Community Room, 1-4 PM

827 Banker Road
Fort Atkinson, WI 53538

Truax Campus: Friday, Nov. 2, D1630B/C, 1-4 PM

1701 Wright St.
Madison, WI 53704

Portage Campus: Tuesday, Nov. 27, Room 102, 1-4 PM

330 W Collins Street
Portage WI 53901

Watertown Campus: Tuesday, Dec. 4, Room 142, 1-4 PM

1300 W. Main St.
Watertown, WI 53098

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