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Participants will take on the identity of someone and will work together with their family to live a month in poverty. Your simulated "community" is a large room. You and your neighbors' "homes" are chairs. The services you need - banks, schools and grocery stores - are tables in the room. Available for groups up to 80. Click the FIND OUT MORE button to inquire about more information on how to host your own poverty simulation with Bridges Alliance's help.
Awareness Workshops (Groups with no prior interest in poverty, 20 – 30 minutes, Lecture)
1. Poverty is not solely an individual problem of motivation, ambition, and ability.
2. The extent of poverty in Johnson County.
3. Brief explanation of Bridges Alliance
Basic Concepts Workshop (Groups predisposed to be involved, 40 - 50 minutes, Lecture and Discussion style)
1. Poverty is not solely an individual problem.
2. Introduction to mental models and underlying rules of classes.
3. Explanation of our Bridges Alliance program and opportunities to be involved.
Basic Training for Organizations Working With People in Poverty
(2 hours Lecture, Discussion, Activities)
1. Brief consideration of the causes of poverty.
2. Strong introduction to mental models and underlying rules of classes.
3. Introduction to the resource model for clients.
4. Explanation of our Bridges Alliance program and request to identify good clients.
Comprehensive Training for Organizations Working with People in Poverty
(Two 4 hour sessions scheduled about two weeks apart, Lecture, Discussion, Activities, Application Plans)
1. In-depth consideration of the causes of poverty
2. In-depth understanding of mental models and underlying class rules
3. In-depth discussion of the resource model for clients
4. Development of specific plans and goals to apply these models in the workplace.
5. Explanation of our Bridges Alliance program and request to identify good clients.