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SENCA Simulation

Sierra Morlan

November 21, 2016

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SENCA holds a poverty simulation to help others truly understand the difficulty families in poverty face. This shows students the hardships families may go through and corrects any misconceptions. SENCA’s goal is to promote poverty awareness, increase the students understand, and finally inspire change.

Hannah Williams along with three other seniors called several people to volunteer, “The whole thing works because of volunteers”. The seniors gathered around 10 volunteers to spend two hours to help students understand how to budget money. The poverty simulation consisted of 30 seniors and 29 8th graders. The “families” were set up with a mix of both grades. Each student was given a role in the family and the family was given hardships to manage.  The families were then given some money and a list of bills to pay. A few of the families were given food stamps, some had little or no money, and all families were given a couch, stove, and refrigerator to pawn in order to get money.   Some of the families had to pay for daycare, go to school, were disabled or had a low paying job. These family situations were real life situations in our own community. After the simulation the senior class was taken into a classroom to further learn about money managing. “It really opened my eyes to my future”, said Senior Hannah Williams.

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