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Training & Education

Poverty Immersion

June 23 – Vancouver
Hilton Vancouver Washington Convention Center
301 W. 6th Street
Vancouver, WA 98660

Could you deal with the day-to-day realities of living a life in poverty?
Understand what life is like on a limited income through a unique 3-hour workshop facilitated by WSU Extension. The Poverty Immersion is designed to help professionals, policy makers, community leaders and volunteers better serve people in poverty. The Poverty Immersion, also called a Poverty Simulation, is a unique interactive experience that helps people understand what life is like with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. Although it uses play-money and fictional scenarios, a Poverty Immersion is a facilitated role-play, not a game. It is a powerful experience that takes only three hours of time, but makes a lasting impact.

  • Gain greater awareness of the issues facing people in poverty
  • Learn to build a foundation for change personally, professionally, organizationally, and in our communities
  • Discover what life is like for people short on money and living with high-stress

Click here to read what participants have found to be key takeaways from recent immersions and to view a brochure on the training.


Registration begins at 7:30 am; training is from 8 am – Noon

Registration and fees

Register now!

While the Poverty Immersion is being held on the final day of AWC’s Annual Conference, it is open to all – whether you are attending Conference or not.

Fee – $50 per person

See AWC’s conference and workshop terms of agreement for information on our refund/cancellation policy.


Workshop information
Heidi Olmstead

Registration or cancellation questions and special accommodations
Please contact us at least seven business days prior to the workshop if any disability accommodations are needed. For TDD users, please use the state’s toll-free relay service, (800) 833-6388, and ask the operator to dial the AWC number.