Poverty Awareness & Community Action Workshop

Workshop participants accessing financial services at the Payday Advance store
Low-income neighbourhoods often lack regulated banking and credit union services. When you need to cash your paycheque and you don't have bus fare, you might choose to use a financial services company with higher interest rates. What would you do in this situation?

Volunteers Needed

We are actively recruiting university and community volunteers to help us facilitate PACA workshops! If you have lived experience with poverty or have education or training in poverty alleviation, social services, or education, we encourage you to apply to be a volunteer. Please email poverty.awareness@umanitoba.ca!

Program Description

The Poverty Awareness workshop (PACA) is an experiential learning activity that uses role play and discussion to deepen awareness of the impacts of poverty and social welfare systems. Participants role play as members of different family units living on a lower income to develop empathy for those experiencing poverty. After the role play, participants discuss what they've learned through targeted reflection activities and plan ways to integrate their new learning into their studies, work, or volunteering.

Workshops are 4 hours long and include an orientation, role play exercise, and debriefing.

Interested in a sneak peek of the PACA workshop? Take a look at the United Way of Winnipeg's video of their Living on the Edge simulation here.

The Poverty Awareness & Community Action workshop is offered in partnership with the University of Manitoba Student Union. We are also grateful to the United Way for sharing resources in the development of the U of M PACA workshop.

Students who participate in the PACA workshop on a co-curricular basis are eligible for recognition on their Co-Curricular Record (CCR).

Book a Workshop

Community Service-Learning is available for PACA workshop facilitation for students, staff, and faculty at the University of Manitoba.

Workshop fee: $1000
This covers the wages of a staff facilitator and student assistant, as well as honourarium, refreshments, and bus tickets for five community faculty members.

Each workshop can accommodate 30-60 students.

Interested participants who may not be able to book their own workshop should inquire about joining another workshop!

Contact Information
Updated December 11, 2017