Join the Class of 2015 in this unique eye-opening experience!
- WHAT: Free, open to the public Poverty Simulation. Canned food donations encouraged.
- WHEN: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 4:30-8 p.m.
- WHERE: Lawrence Irvin Neighborhood Center (LINC) 1615 W. Illinois St., in Bloomington, IL.
- REGISTRATION (Required): http://bit.ly/1toNjvo
- VOLUNTEER: Contact Amanda DeRew at derew@Illinois.edu or 309-663-8306.
Poverty is a topic avoided by many, particularly those without firsthand knowledge of its struggles and stressors. However, poverty in the U.S.—and in Central Illinois—is real and devastating to those who live it day by day. Recognizing the conditions and systemic causes of poverty, bringing awareness to the issue, and doing one’s part to reverse its negative impact is the work of socially and culturally responsible citizens.
That is why MCLP sponsors an annual poverty simulation to educate community members and MCLP class participants about the dire and often unavoidable circumstances of individuals living below the poverty line. The simulation also tears down potential stereotypes held by those who have never faced these challenges. Finally, participants gain knowledge of how they can help those who “live” the simulation on a daily basis.
Life’s circumstances can change in an instant, and this is a reality faced by so many Americans—many in our own community—every day. Carolyn Hansen, Extension Educator for 4-H Youth Development at the University of Illinois, reported in 2013 that McLean County’s poverty rate is .8% higher than the national average of 8.4%.
Please consider this opportunity to learn about making a difference in your community.