The Life Simulation experience is designed to help credit union
employees, volunteers and leadership begin to understand what it might
be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from
month to month. It is unique and special because it combines the financial and emotional distress that 25 simulated families tackle as one of up to 90 participants. This exercise is an ideal staff training program that can also be used as an event break out session, a chapter meeting or to host a community event.
During the three hour activity, these “families” are struggling to make
ends meet in the simulated month of four fifteen minute weeks. At the
conclusion of the exercise (this is not a game), participants will be
more aware to the daily realities of many American families. Walking in
another’s shoes is a far more effective way to sensitize others to the
needs of immigrants and other low-wage working families than from
traditional diversity or classroom learning.