The Poverty Challenge

Feb 8, 2019

“Experience Poverty as it is. Navigate the system in a real-world simulation. Become an agent of change.”

The Community Foundation for Kingston & Area is thrilled to partner with The Poverty Challenge to offer you this experiential learning opportunity about living in poverty and poverty reduction.
The Poverty Challenge – developed by a group here in Kingston in 2009 – is designed to allow those not living in poverty to experience poverty as it is, and to develop an appreciation for those who must navigate the system as it currently exists.
Poverty is a complex issue that affects thousands of people in our communities, but some of the problems that cause it to exist can be fixed.
As a participant you’ll be given a challenge that you’ll try to meet by seeking help from local agencies during a simulation involving real procedures and documents from community and government organizations here in Kingston.
You will have to do your best to succeed by providing the necessary answers, information and documentation. If you are not successful, you’ll have to find another way for you and your family to survive.
The next stage is where experience will result in action – you will then participate in the “Think Tank”. Your experiences during the simulation will give you insight into a particular social issue. Working with others who experienced the same challenges, you will brainstorm an action plan to start solving a problem that you encountered.
Who should attend: Everyone! 
Whether you are a service provider, community leader, or an interested citizen, and regardless of your level of knowledge or experience, you can anticipate walking away with a different appreciation for the experience of those living in poverty.
When: Monday, April 8, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: Registration is by donation (after the event – we will explain what your donation will support at the event!)
Where: Residence Inn by Marriott Kingston Water’s Edge, 7 Earl St, Kingston, ON
Pre-registration is required. Limited number of participants.
To register please click here.
To learn more about the Poverty Challenge visit their website

275 Ontario Street Suite #100
Kingston, ON K7K 2X5
Phone: 613.546.9696
Fax: 613.531.9238