Cost of Poverty Experience participants solve real life poverty scenarios

LEWISTON, ID - Students at Lewis-Clark State College got a different look at the stereotypes of poverty Friday, during an interactive simulation experience designed to address the issues many people in the United States face.

Thanks to a grant from the Albertson's LCSC Student Success program, the Community Action Partnership hosted an event for approximately 60 people. The students and volunteers were given real life scenarios to solve, that Student Success Program Consultant Jeanette Gara-Betzold said is helpful for not only the students but for the staff of LCSC as well.

"It has been brought on as a training opportunity for faculty and staff to help us realize what our stereotypes are around poverty and how we can more effectively work with low income students and let them be more successful in college," said Gara-Betzold.

This is the fifth time the college has held the event. COPE has been used by many organizations across the country to help people become better educated on the issues of poverty.