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YLS hosting a community action poverty simulation

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 - 11:37am

United Way of El Paso County’s Young Leaders Society (YLS) is helping increase civic awareness on poverty by hosting a Community Action Poverty Simulation on June 21, 2014 as part of United Way United Way Worldwide’s annual Day of Action.

Participants will get the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget.

They will role-play the lives of low-income families in different situations and be tasked with providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget.

“More than 20% of El Pasoans live in poverty, and it is difficult for others who are not in that situation to truly understand the fears and struggles they have to deal with in a daily basis,” said Benjamin Fresquez, President of YLS, “This simulation enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then recognize and discuss the potential change within our community.”

The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others.

It will take place from 9 am to 12 pm on Saturday June, 21st at 100 N. Stanton. We invite the community to attend, there is a $10 participation cost for non-YLS members and is at no cost for current members of YLS.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Becca Curry, Community Engagement Coordinator, at 533-2434 ext. 228 or at


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