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Poverty Immersion


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