A Poverty Simulation : Students Experience Poverty

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U of I Student Alexis Graham, struggled after not eating for four weeks during the Poverty Simulation

Unfortunately, there are many people in the Champaign Urbana community that are homeless. CU Citizen Access has several articles regarding the poverty rate in the community.

For Assignment 7, I was instructed to produce an audio package. I was really nervous going into this because I could not think of any newsworthy story to cover. I began searching and came across the poverty simulation. The Poverty Simulation occurred at the Business AInstructional Facility Atrium at the University of Illinois.

The poverty simulation seemed like a good event to cover. I often see homeless people on Green Street asking for spare change for food. I am always trying to give in any way I can.

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Students fill out fake job applications during the simulation

CU Citizen Access describes the poverty in the community as extreme “In 2010, the census measured a poverty income family of four at $22,113. Over 500 people in the Champaign Community are currently homeless and/or living in poverty.

The number of individuals and families living in poverty motivated me to bring attention to the issue. When I arrived at the event, I introduced myself to the program coordinators who seemed excited about my project. As time went on, I was approached by another coordinator, who tole me that I could not cover the event. I began explaining to her that I was doing a class assignment and that it would be available online, and she was very firm in telling me she did not feel comfortable.

I kept persisting that I cover the story and she finally said “ok’. I was discouraged at first, but everything seemed to turn around. I was able to interview one of the coordinators who was excited in the beginning as well as two students there.

I could not convince the program coordinator to have the interview in a quiet environment, and had to do the interview as the program was going on. I was still nervous considering this is an audio project, and the audio should be of great quality.

My project incorporates the experiences of two students and what they took away from the event.

Here’s the Poverty Simulation….a look into poverty.

The script verbatim is below…

CARISSA TOWNSEND REPORTER 

TAKE NAT SOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TAKE SOT

ALEXIS GRAHAM – U OF I STUDENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PATTY FAUGHN – YOUTH DEVELOPMENT EDUCATOR FOR U OF I EXTENSION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ARIANA CONNER – U OF I STUDENT

 

TAKE AUDIO PKG FULL:TRT: 1:25TRACK 1

TAKE NAT SOUND OF BELLS RINING (:02)

WITH BELLS RINGING, UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS STUDENTS PREPARED FOR THEIR NEW LIVES…LIVING …BELOW THE POVERTY LINE…

THE POVERTY SIMULATION WAS DESIGNED TO HELP NURTURE A SENSE OF COMPASSION FOR THE CHALLENGES POOR PEOPLE HAVE TO ENDURE ON AN EVERY DAY BASIS.

TO HELP CAPTURE THESE STRUGGLES PARTICIPANTS HAD TO NAVIGATE THROUGH SCENARIOS RANGING FROM BEING A SINGLE MOTHER TO BEING AN ELDERLY PERSON LIVING WITHOUT A PENSION.  (0:24)

TRACK 2

U OF I STUDENT ALEXIS GRAHAM HAD THE ROLE OF A SINGLE MOM…AND SAYS JUST LEARNING TO GET BY WAS WORRISOME (0:31)

 

TAKE SOT- ALEXIS GRAHAM

“We were pretty much just trying to maintain with groceries and I know we didn’t even eat until the fourth week” (5 SEC)

TRACK 3

LIKE ALEXIS, MANY OTHER PARTICIPANTS STRUGGLED WITH BASIC NEEDS SUCH AS SAVING ENOUGH MONEY TO EAT…MUCH LESS FINDING A JOB.

ACCORDING TO CU- CITIZEN ACCESS, THIS “SIMULATION ACTIVITY” IS THE REALITY FOR OVER 500 PEOPLE IN THE CHAMPAIGN URBANA COMMUNITY. (:50)

 

TRACK 4

YOUTH DEVELOPMENT EDUCATOR PATTY FAUGHN SAYS SHE HOPES THIS EXCERISE PROMOTES A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF HOW FAMILIES STRUGGLE FINANCIALLY.

 

TAKE SOT PATTY FAUGHN

“Many students have come from an affluent background and may have a perspective that people are in poverty because they’re lazy or because they’re taking advantage of the system” (:07)

TRACK 5

PROGRAM PARTICIPANT ARIANA CONNER SAYS SHE NEVER KNEW  FAMILIES FACED SO MANY STRUGGLES (1:13)

 

TAKE SOT ARIANA CONNER

“As students we’re always stressed about how we’re gonna study for the next test or just little things that we stress about and we don’t realize that people go through things like this” (:07)

TRACK 6

A REAL DOSE OF REALITY…THAT MAY PUT OTHER STRESSORS, IN PERSPECTIVE. (1:27)

REPORTING FOR OFF THE SHELF AND ONLINE, I’M CARISSA TOWNSEND

 

 

1 thought on “A Poverty Simulation : Students Experience Poverty

  1. Bryant, Bailey E

    Great work, Carissa! I loved it. I thought the topic was interesting, and you explained it well. Your voice was really resonant, and your script was well written. I’m totally jealous!

    One thing I would say, though, is to work on a natural pacing of your voice. Sometimes it seems to slow and at others to quick.

    The bells were my favorite part, by the way!

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