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West Virginia State University Program Lets Students 'Role-Play' Lives Of Poor

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INSTITUTE, W.Va. -- INSTITUTE, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia State University will host a program aimed at increasing awareness of what it's like to be poor.

The Simulation of Poverty program is set for Saturday in the Wilson University Union. It's designed to raise awareness and encourage solutions to poverty.

Participants will role-play the lives of low-income families, simulating a month of poverty compressed into four 15-minute segments. Family scenarios are given out to participants who must decide how to seek services and how to spend what little money they have in order to survive. They will interact with human service agencies, grocers, bill collectors, prospective employers, police and others.

The exercise is followed by a debriefing where participants can share insights on what they learned.

Participation is open to the public by calling 304-766-3088.

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