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POVERTY EDUCATION COVID-19 UPDATE

In the wake of COVID-19, Access has determined that our Poverty Education program and its experiential workshops will be halted from August 2020 through July 2021. 

Our inability to operate large group workshops, and our desire to protect the health of our Poverty Education staff, independent contractors, and host sites is central in this decision. Our plan is to restart staffing of the Poverty Education program in early summer 2021, and relaunch workshops for large groups in August 2021.  

We will continue booking for workshops during the halt of the program; workshops can be booked for any time after August 1, 2021. We will plan to ensure that the workshops are updated with relevant content and information related to our current world situation. We are eager to offer a dynamic and safe in-person experience in 2021. 

With questions, for more information, or to book a workshop please reach out to Emma Garcia or Christina Swiney at info@accessofwestmichigan.org or 774-2175. 

WHAT IS POVERTY EDUCATION?

The Access Poverty Education program 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.

OUR MISSION

The 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.

POVERTY EDUCATION WORKSHOP

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. 

POVERTY EDUCATION WORKSHOP SUCCESS STORIES