The Access Poverty Education Initiative provides learning opportunities on poverty related issues, including our Poverty Education Workshops which inform participants about the intricate realities of life in poverty. The workshop is designed to provide insight into the barriers faced by low-income individuals through role-playing the lives of various family types experiencing poverty.


The Access Poverty Education Program exists to overcome misconceptions about poverty and motivate people to become involved in activities that promote justice in our communities, as well as provide economic opportunity for our workshop staffers.


The workshop creates economic development opportunities for those living in poverty by employing staffers who have firsthand experience of poverty, as well as providing education and advocacy opportunities for over 1,000 participants each year. Access has used the Poverty Education Workshop curriculum to engage audiences for over 20 years and has offered the workshops throughout Michigan.


Open workshop available for registration:

Date: Thursday, November 21, 6-8pm

Location: Air Zoo, 6151 Portage Road, Portage, MI 49002 

Click here to register, registration closes on November 15, 2019. The Air Zoo is offering this workshop free of charge for up to 45 participants, thanks to a grant received from the Institute of Museum and Library Service. 

For more information, contact Kim with any questions, kim@accessofwestmichigan.org or 616-747-0998