The Center for Community Insight, Inc.

The Center for Community Insight, Inc. We provide personalized M.A.C.A. Poverty Simulations, and poverty-focused educational programs, and consulting services. Our Poverty Simulation is approved by the NYS CLE Board for 1 Unit of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias (D&I) Credit.
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The Center for Community Insight, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in New York State.

The Center for Community Insight, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in New York State.

Operating as usual

02/25/2020

Hello friends! It’s time to start scheduling your Poverty Simulation for Summer & Fall 2020 sessions!

You need 50-100 participants;
a 3 hr block of time for the training;
Event space for this live action role playing simulation, &
Maybe snacks or a small meal.

We bring everything else!

We are CLE approved and would be willing to apply for CEU approval w/ a host organization.

Please visit our website for more details & contact us if you are interested!

For many of the reasons this blog explains, we always love partnering with the Medical college!
12/03/2019
Medical students, staff learn what it takes to survive in poverty - Blog - The Island Now

For many of the reasons this blog explains, we always love partnering with the Medical college!

Poverty impacts more than 40 million people in the United States, including thousands in our communities. Although it is not something that medicine can cure, it is something that the health care field can address. Seeking to advance understanding and advocacy for those in need was the goal of a rec...

If you have been interested in hosting a Poverty Simulation for your group or organization, and want to learn more about...
10/23/2019
The Center for Community Insight, Inc.

If you have been interested in hosting a Poverty Simulation for your group or organization, and want to learn more about them, we are offering 5 free spots at our next program! This program is eligible for D&I CLE.
Send me a DM to register.
Nov. 5 | St. Rose College | 12-3PM.

#povertysimulation #antipoverty #Diversity #Inclusion #CLE

Check out this GoDaddy hosted webpage! http://centerforcommunityinsight.org.

04/12/2019
Poverty Simulation

The University of Missouri-Columbia hosted a Poverty Simulation and made this lovely video from the program. Take a peek at this class and contact us if you would like to book a poverty simulation with us for your group!

Thank you to the University of Missouri-Columbia's Office of Service Learning and The Deaton Scholars Program for hosting the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) and for the production of this video.

The Brady and Anne Deaton Institute is dedicated to nurturing universal sharing and application of knowledge to combat hunger and poverty locally and globally. To do so, the institute supports students, who are the most important agents of change, through The Deaton Scholar Program (DSP) which facilitates mentorship among Mizzou students in various ways: students-project development, learning events around global food security and poverty, participation in national and international research applied conferences on local and global food insecurity.

#povertysimulation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqrYaAkxjMM

03/22/2019

We are so excited to be facilitating our #PovertySimulation for over 100 school counselors, administrators, and educators at Shenendehowa High School tomorrow! This might be our biggest class yet!

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
01/24/2019

Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York

Make a difference on a Thursday night! If you are age 18 or older, we invite you to volunteer in our Salvage Sorting Room Thursday nights from 5:30-8:00pm. Signing up is easy at https://regionalfoodbank.net/volunteer/.

The ongoing government shutdown -now the longest in history - is only hurting families. Workers aren't paid, folks aren'...
01/12/2019
Thousands Face Threat Of Eviction After HUD Contracts Expire Due To Shutdown

The ongoing government shutdown -now the longest in history - is only hurting families. Workers aren't paid, folks aren't receiving benefits needed for basic survival. If you are not concerned about keeping a roof over your head, it food in your fridge, you are extremely lucky. Please take this opportunity to learn more about these incredibly important aid programs and what you can do, on a local level, to support those less fortunate. Ideas include: donating to food banks, volunteering with aid organizations, writing letters to and calling your legislators to demand an end to the shutdown (especially to Republican legislators), and working with your church to ID families in need of additional assistance.

The shutdown means many HUD sponsored affordable housing programs are at risk of running out of money. Critics say landlords may not sign up in the future, if the government doesn't pay its bills.

StreetSoldiers - Albany
01/10/2019

StreetSoldiers - Albany

This is so important to remember.
12/13/2018
It Is Expensive to Be Poor - The Atlantic

This is so important to remember.

Minimum-wage jobs are physically demanding, have unpredictable schedules, and pay so meagerly that workers can't save up enough to move on.

The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America
11/25/2018
The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America

The Evidence Pours In: Poverty Getting Much Worse in America

Poverty—and the stress of being poor—is killing people every single day.. A White House report recently proclaimed that the "War on Poverty is largely over and a success." United Nations Ambassador

11/10/2018

St. Rose 11/6/18

11/10/2018

St. Rose 11/6/18

11/09/2018

St. Rose 11/6/18

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post
11/09/2018

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post

After 4- 15 minute weeks and 4- 3 minute weekends (the simulated month living on low-income), we convene for a deep de-b...
10/22/2018

After 4- 15 minute weeks and 4- 3 minute weekends (the simulated month living on low-income), we convene for a deep de-briefing conversation about the experience and what participants learned.

From set-up to completion, this was a wonderful group to work with!
10/22/2018

From set-up to completion, this was a wonderful group to work with!

10/21/2018

Brooklyn 10/12/18

10/21/2018

Brooklyn Legal Defenders 10/12/18

10/21/2018

Brooklyn Legal Defenders 10/12/18

10/21/2018

Brooklyn Legal Defenders 10/12/18

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post
10/21/2018

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post
10/21/2018

Photos from The Center for Community Insight, Inc.'s post

Poverty Simulation
09/22/2018
Poverty Simulation

Poverty Simulation

"Over the past several decades, the health care system as a whole has become more cognizant of the social determinants of health and risk factors that often disproportionately affect the poor and impoverished. In the last several years, medical schools have begun focusing more on poverty to help doctors not only better understand patients they may encounter but hopefully improve their ability to care for them, too."
We are proud the #PovertySimulation is a part of this movement.
https://health.usnews.com/health-care/patient-advice/articles/2018-09-10/how-medical-schools-try-to-help-doctors-understand-patients-in-poverty

We’re still working on getting certified to offer CE credits to educators but this is a great course for progressional d...
09/07/2018
Teachers, administrators get a lesson in poverty

We’re still working on getting certified to offer CE credits to educators but this is a great course for progressional development in the area of diversity and bias elimination.

HERKIMER — Sometimes an educator may not fully understand the challenges their students may be facing, including students living in poverty. On

Every experience is unique, and there are a myriad of ways to experience poverty.
09/03/2018
A day in the life of Americans in poverty

Every experience is unique, and there are a myriad of ways to experience poverty.

The Chen family huddled together in the cafeteria of Kirksville High School Thursday, trying to work out a family budget. It was a difficult proposition.

08/31/2018
It’s so inspiring to see counties around the nation learning about poverty through this transformative live action cours...
08/17/2018
'Our country’s created a poverty prison'

It’s so inspiring to see counties around the nation learning about poverty through this transformative live action course. If you want your staff to understand issue of poverty better, book your poverty simulation today.

We now offer 1 diversity CLE for this program.

In a small, single-family home, a 9-year-old boy watched his infant nephew while his father and sister worked.

Kentucky Education Association
08/12/2018

Kentucky Education Association

Alexis, Ben, and Nic, this could be good if you have time.
07/29/2018
Poverty Simulation

Alexis, Ben, and Nic, this could be good if you have time.

Attention all anti-poverty educators:
Check out the link below for 10 modules with discussion guides and additional resources for facilitating discussions about economic injustice. The modules begin with "What is poverty and how do we measure it?" and end with "What can be done to alleviate poverty?"

Address

Albany, NY
12209

General information

The Poverty Simulation is a 3 hour live-action role-playing experience, followed by a guided de-briefing discussion that promotes a deeper understanding of poverty. By spending a a few hours in the life of a family who struggle to make ends meet, participants encounter how the five key elements of poverty—Education, Housing, Food, Economic Security and Health—can stand in the way of true self sufficiency. Most participants role-play the lives of low-income individuals, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to remain independent on just their Social Security benefits. Some participants role-play local business operators and various types of service providers. Everyone just tries to survive the month. During the Poverty Simulation, participants navigate complex and time-consuming public benefits agencies, community organizations, and service providers; try to make ends meet by paying bills, buying groceries, and getting to work; and care for their children by getting them to school or day care and keeping them out of trouble. Participants quickly realize that day-to-day tasks are much more difficult on very limited resources.

Telephone

(518) 512-9808

Products

We are licensed owners of the Missouri Association for Community Action (MACA) Poverty Simulation:
http://www.povertysimulation.net/about/

Our Poverty Simulation is approved by the NYS CLE Board for 1 Unit of Diversity, Inclusion and Elimination of Bias (D&I) Credit.

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We started this organization to help combat poverty in the Capital Region (NY) and beyond. Our focus is on changing the way providers and policy makers understand poverty through experiential learning tools. We offer customized M.A.C.A. Poverty Simulation courses, taught by a team of diverse attorneys, at affordable sliding scale rates.

We believe the Poverty Simulation can help transform the way participants think about poverty, and deepen empathy for low-income families. We also believe arming providers and policy makers with a greater understanding of poverty will help them serve their low-income clients, consumers, patients and constituents better.

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