As parks and recreation professionals it may be hard to connect the dots between services that you offer, “social equity” and the larger problem of “poverty.” Poverty is a complex, multi-faceted problem that covers a multitude of issues including food insecurity, employment, housing, education, transportation and other areas that impact low-income families. There are many misconceptions about the nearly 46 million Americans that are living in poverty. It’s almost impossible for you to understand what it’s like to be poor in America — unless, of course, you are. But one powerful educational tool that can be used to start those conversations is the Community Action Poverty Simulation.
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