Karen Weaver (left) and Reni Weixler (right) pay off a bank loan as people participate in Support Connections of Lebanon County's Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) at the Lebanon Valley Family YMCA on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Staff Report5:37 p.m. EST January 12, 2016
Lebanon High School is inviting the public to participate in a poverty simulation that will involve students and staff.
The Cost of Poverty Experience, or C.O.P.E., teaches what it is like to live in poverty by creating a variety of real-life scenarios that reflect the challenges of living on a low-income. Participants are given identities and assigned a profile that includes employment status, health and other features of a typical family living in poverty. During a condensed time-frame, participants will experience a month of living in poverty, sharing face-to-face interactions and making real-life decisions regarding their transportation options, social service needs, employment opportunities, health care, food and shelter.
C.O.P.E is especially beneficial for individuals who want to learn more about poverty, including volunteers and staff members in public office, social service agencies, schools, church groups and businesses serving clients and customers who are struggling financially.
C.O.P.E is facilitated by Support Connections of Lebanon County, an all-volunteer organization that provides support and programs to help lift individuals and families out of poverty, which has been funded through a United Way Community Needs Grant. The simulation is part of Lebanon High School's Project Aware program and is being sponsored by the school's Student Council, Youth and Government Club, Rotary Interact Club and Just Say No/SADD Club.
The simulation will take place Jan. 27 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the high school located at 1000 S. Eighth St. The registration deadline is Jan. 20 and space is limited. To register, email Paul Seyfert at email@example.com or call 717-273-9391. ext. 1201