The Poverty Spiral

Experienced Mentor

Consistent, long-term mentoring relationships have been proven to contribute to positive outcomes for youth living in low-resource communities. Yet many mentors are ill-prepared to understand the situations of youth struggling with poverty. To address this gap, The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern PA has developed The Poverty Spiral, a simulation in the form of a traditional board game that promotes understanding of the everyday challenges faced by individuals living in poverty. Workshop participants will take part in The Poverty Spiral simulation and learn how this training tool can help mentors and program staff bridge the poverty gap and support long-term, high impact mentoring relationships.

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As community leaders and as servant leaders, we are heartbroken by the recent tragedies and know that a genuine and ongoing commitment to real change is necessary to confront and combat racism.  We stand in solidarity with our peers, our neighbors, our colleagues and our friends with an even stronger resolve to be present, to listen, to learn and to act.  If there’s one thing we’ve learned in our 25 years of serving the community, it’s this: 

We are stronger together

We are committed to actively fighting racism and to using our voices for better.  We will continue to bring strength and hope; to foster meaningful conversations around change; to deliver services that are inclusive and will support all.  We encourage you to join us and find ways to improve race relations in our community and beyond.  Let’s all work toward better – better connection, better allyship, better love for one another.  Let’s work together to make this world a better place for our kids.  Now is the time and they’re depending on us.