To honor the beginning of National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness Week (November 11-19) this past weekend, SkillsUSA students Muhammad Sajid, Sam Chandler, John Adams, Reid Ragusa, and Delphine Leoue Ngoko Djomo embarked on a life-changing Poverty Simulation sponsored by Mission Waco in Waco, Texas.
The poverty simulation is meant to allow participants to experience first-hand the trials and devastation of extreme poverty, hunger and homelessness, while raising student’s awareness about poverty domestically and abroad. Students gave up all forms of money, electronics, and all but four personal belongings as they experienced the daily life of the over 45 million Americans who live below the poverty line. Students came to terms with grim realities such as not having shelter, having to seek a meal without money, and learning about the plight of poverty abroad, such as human trafficking and bonded labor. This poverty simulation also goes hand in hand with the SkillsUSA Chapter leadership’s Family Promise grant initiative, a full-member effort in building a data network, security system, and providing digital infrastructure for a local non-profit’s homeless family shelter. Every student walked away from the experience with a new perspective on poverty and privilege, and a renewed dedication to serving those in our community to whom this is not a simulation, but their way of life.
If you would like to learn more about SkillsUSA students’ experience at the Mission Waco Poverty Simulation, contact sponsor Bart Taylor firstname.lastname@example.org