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April 6 - Rethink Poverty with Step Up Savannah on April 7

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April 6, 2018 - Step Up Savannah, Inc. and the Economic Opportunity Authority are partnering to host a poverty simulation tomorrow, April 7.

The simulation, an experiential learning tool, is designed to help people better understand the realities of living in poverty. This event is open to the public and will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Economic Opportunity Authority (1120 May St.)

More than one in four people live at or below the poverty level in Savannah. Most are working, receiving a low or minimum wage. Walk a mile in the shoes of those facing decisions every day about paying for transportation, housing, utilities and more.

The simulation requires groups of 35 to 75 people to assume the roles of families in poverty. The goal of each family is to survive for one month, which takes place in four 15-minute “weeks.” In this time, participants must maintain secure shelter, feed their families, make loan payments, meet living expenses, handle unexpected emergencies, 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. For more information about tomorrow’s poverty simulation, contact Kate Blair at 912-856-1344 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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