AASU Hosts Poverty Simulation Event February 19

(February 15, 2010) Step Up Savannah, Hands on Savannah of the United Way of the Coastal Empire, and Armstrong Atlantic State University are partnering to host a poverty simulation on Friday, February 19. The simulation is open to the public and will take place from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m., in the AASU Armstrong Center, 13040 Abercorn Street.

More than 27,000 people in Savannah live at or below the federal poverty level. Most are considered the "working poor," earning minimum wage. The poverty simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month.

The simulation requires groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of families living in poverty. The goal of each family is to survive for one month, which takes place in four 15-minute "weeks." During this time, participants must maintain housing, pay utilities, feed their families, make loan payments, meet living expenses, cover unexpected expenses and keep their children in school — all while subsisting at or below the poverty level.

The simulation is open to anyone who wants to learn more about what it's like to live in poverty in our community. Participation is free but registration is required.

To register for the February 19 simulation at AASU, contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by calling 912-232-6747.

Volunteers to help coordinate this event are welcome. To volunteer, call Hands on Savannah at 912.651.7726.

Additional contact information:
Suzanne Donovan, 232-6747 (Step Up Savannah)
Shirley Sessions, 651-7726 (Hands on Savannah)
Michael Toma, 344-3163 (AASU Public Service Center)
Jason Tatlock, 344-3126 (AASU Initiative for Civic Engagement)