The following are learning activities to help young people learn about poverty in an experiential way:
The Stack of the Deck: An Illustration of the Root Causes of Poverty uses three volunteers and a series of guided exchanges of playing cards to illustrate how a person's background, experiences, and choices can impact his or her opportunities and economic status.
Take A Step is an activity that helps participants reflect on the "unequal playing field" that can benefit some while leaving others behind.
Ending Poverty in Community (EPIC) is A Toolkit for Young Advocates is designed for use by youth ministry leaders, Catholic high school teachers and religious educators. Six downloadable lesson plans and a resource appendix engage young people in learning, reflection and action on poverty in the U.S.
Poverty USA: Game Show Edition. Lead your class or small group in this interactive game show in which students can compete and learn by answering true/false questions about Poverty in the U.S. Instructions: To navigate the game show, start the slide show from the beginning. On slide 3, you will see the main Game Board. Have players or teams choose questions of different point values from the main Game Board. Click directly on a number on the Game Board to go to a question. The correct answer to the question is always on the following slide. On each answer slide, there is a blue “HOME” button in the bottom corner to return to the Game Board.
Poverty Student Action Project. This guide contains ideas and suggestions for educating about poverty and our Catholic response for grades K-8.