Step Up Savannah “Welcome To The State Of Poverty” Simulation


Step Up Savannah, Inc. is hosting a poverty simulation on August 29, 2013. The simulation, an experiential learning experience designed to help people better understand poverty, is open to the public and will take place from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe (free parking in the Civic Center lot).

Almost one in four people live at or below the poverty level in Savannah. Most are considered the working poor, receiving a low or minimum wage. The simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand the barriers faced by 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.” In this time, participants must maintain secure shelter, pay utilities, 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. Participation is free but registration is required.

To register for the Aug. 29 simulation, contact Janeene Johnson by calling (912) 232-6747 or by e-mail at

If you have been through a simulation and would like to volunteer for this event, or future simulations, please call Caitlin Dally at 401-0672 to sign up. To learn more about Step Up Savannah, Inc. visit its website at

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