Advocacy Toolkit

Poverty Simulations

A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 15-minute weeks while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life. The hands-on sessions typically last 2 hours and can be offered in a variety of corporate and community settings.

Making Choices 

This tool is an activity that allows the participant to understand some of the difficult choices families have to make each day. During the activity, participants are given "smarties" (candy roll) and expected to make a choice between needs and wants. Every participant has to make crucial decisions as the number of smarties reduces in later rounds. The choices have to be usually made between Healthcare Affordability, Housing, Food and Nutrition, Transportation, Technology, shopping etc.

Charlotte Asset and Opportunity Profile

Charlotte Assets and Opportunity Profile is a research tool that summarizes the state of “Asset Poverty” in Charlotte-Mecklenburg. It also provides a Financial Stability Framework and Community Level Strategies for addressing asset poverty. It includes a data snapshot of the financial security and opportunities for Charlotte residents. The Profile is created to fuel a local conversation about wealth, poverty and opportunity in Charlotte.

Poverty Kit Assembly

Poverty Simulations kit materials are shuffled during the experience. This group activity provides participants with the opportunity to re-assemble the kit while highlighting interesting facts, questions, and comments about poverty and economic mobility. The activity includes discussing in detail about Asset Poverty, Financial Stability, Savings, Financial Literacy, sub-prime Credit, underbanked and unbanked.

Community Impact Report

Impact Reports are usually summary of Fiscal Year (June-July) with data about services, client stories, strategic plans of the agency and donations to Crisis Assistance Ministry. The latest version of the Community Impact Report can be found on Crisis Assistance Ministry website: here

NC Scorecard

The Assets & Opportunity Scorecard is a comprehensive look at Americans’ financial security today and their opportunities to create a more prosperous future. It assesses the 50 states and the District of Columbia on 130 outcome and policy measures, which describe how well residents are faring and what states can do to help them build and protect assets. These measures are grouped into five issue areas: Financial Assets & Income, Businesses & Jobs, Housing & Homeownership, Health Care, and Education. Find more data about the state of North Carolina.