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April 19, 2016

Poverty Simulation Raises Awareness

The Center for Community Engagement & Leadership Development sponsored the annual Social Justice Week at West Virginia Wesleyan College to raise awareness to social injustices in our society March 28 – April 1.  The week featured thirteen events of varying topics that were open to the campus.

The second annual Poverty Simulation was help on Tuesday, March 29.  This interactive awareness simulation is designed to give participants a better understanding of the realities of poverty. Led by the WE LEAD Poverty Reduction team, the simulation helped unravel many of the myths related to poverty and low-income families.

Participants took on the role of a low-income family member who live on a limited budget. ‚ÄčThis simulation forced them to navigate the bureaucracy of unemployment lines, public food assistance, housing, and much more.

Leader of the Team Kortney Frame, a junior chemistry major from Troy, WV, stated that her team was looking to create more awareness in the community of the issues dealing with poverty.

The Team is a student-led social justice group that is part of WE LEAD, a student group that applies leadership skills gained through the program to organize service events around the community and bring awareness to local, national, and international societal issues.

One of seven WE LEAD issue teams, the Poverty Reduction Team focuses on bringing awareness and finding solutions to issues surrounding hunger and poverty. The Team also partners with the Parish House every October to host Trick or Treat for Canned Goods, the CROP Hunger Walk, and several on-campus service projects.


The WE LEAD Issue teams include Animal Welfare, Appalachian Experience, Children & Youth, Gender Equality, Modern Day Slavery, and Sustainability. To learn more about WE LEAD, please visit 

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