If you’re working with volunteers these resources can help them in understand the broader need and impact of the service they’re providing. These tools help answer the “why” in the question many ask internally, “Why should I volunteer?” These are also useful tools to get your class, troop, or youth group involved in the issues of homelessness and hunger in our community. These fun and engaging materials are designed to broaden perspectives and motivate youth to be agents of change.
For Elementary School
Ana’s Story is an illustrated children’s book that provides an age-appropriate look at homelessness. Accompanying the story is a discussion activity geared to engage kids.
For Middle School
The Food Pantry Simulation calls on students to use critical thinking skills to organize a family grocery budget around a fixed income and real food prices. Discussion questions help participants to better understand the need for supportive community resources.
For High School and Beyond
This Client Profile Simulation lets students complete a budget as they take on an identity of an individual or family who are facing financial challenges. This activity is a great jumping off point to host a discussion with a group about the causes of homelessness and financial insecurity.