St. Paul to host Poverty Summit

Mission | March 1, 2018

Learn about the challenges of living in poverty and how to help those struggling to break down barriers at the Poverty Summit on Tuesday, March 6, 8 a.m.-12 noon.

The morning begins with a poverty simulation, where participants experience what it would be like to struggle with basic human needs week after week. Each person will be given a role and participate in scenarios that include unemployment, homelessness, disability, “bread winner” desertion, hunger, and crime. Interact with people who will play the role of police officers, case workers, teachers, pawn brokers, and other service providers.

After the simulation, participants will talk about what they learned and then find out how to get involved to help combat poverty. Learn about “Neighbors,” those presently living in poverty. Then explore how to become a “Navigator,” a person who helps neighbors navigate social services, education, and job training systems.

The event is organized by Opportunities Quad Cities, a collaboration of local leaders and organizations who are creating opportunities for individuals and families to escape poverty. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested, online at

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