What are the challenges low-income people face in maneuvering daily situations? People in poverty often face a day to day struggle for survival that not everyone appreciates or understands. To help bridge that gap, the Multicultural Leadership Program (MCLP) is hosting a “Poverty Simulation” on Thursday, September 22 at Mt. Pisgah Church. The event is open to the community.
In this workshop, participants assume roles of people dealing with poverty situations – unemployment, child care needs, transportation issues – and then have to work through various stations, to see if they are able to overcome the challenge.
“This simulation is a great way to increase participants’ understanding of how all-encompassing poverty can be,” said MCLP Executive Director Linda Bollivar. “There is often little understanding of how the challenge of day-to-day survival makes it difficult for people to break the cycle. This is one of our most popular and eye-opening programs we share annually.”
Cindy Walters Hauk, a 2016 MCLP graduate, said that the “poverty simulation really opened my eyes to the struggles those with little income face. The transportation problem, the way people/businesses give them a hard time, the crime that occurs and the judgement by those who are not living in poverty – the list goes on and on.”
2016 classmate Hetal Dhirawani said she learned “Don’t judge people because they need help, or because they are in need of resources.”
Vanitha Maheswari added, “I learned how poverty impacts one’s life. … Even a little help and support they would receive from family and society during their struggle would mean a lot; … providing them with a little help means helping the society in turn.”
MCLP invites the community to join them:
- Thursday, September 22, 4 – 8 p.m.
- Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church
- 801 W. Market Street, Bloomington IL
Register to participate or volunteer at https://insight.bn-mclp.org/events/2017-poverty-simulation-registration. Call 309-556-3589 with questions.
MCLP is an intense leadership development curriculum that provides a framework for diverse participants to learn and practice becoming better leaders for their family, organizations and community.