Advocacy Toolkit

Poverty Simulations
A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 15-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life. The hands-on sessions typically last 2 hours and can be offered in a variety of corporate and community settings.

Benefit Access Initiative
Web based tools that can help individuals and families access additional resources leading to financial stability.  Counselors screen for multiple benefits in a single process, including Medicaid, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance, Student Financial Aid, Prescription Assistance, and Earned Income Tax Credits.