UVA Students to Present In-Depth Look at Poverty in the City
Students from a UVA public policy class will present an in-depth look on poverty in Charlottesville during Monday's city council meeting.
A group of University of Virginia students is preparing a presentation on poverty in Charlottesville.
The students spent months taking an in-depth look at poverty's impacts, and they'll share the findings with city council Monday night.
The presentation is part of an unconventional public policy class. Instead of the students sitting in a lecture hall, they spent months out on the streets of Charlottesville trying to understand the sources of poverty and figure out ways to solve the problem.
The group visited the Haven - a homeless day shelter in Charlottesville. They were on the hunt for effective models that help people rise out of poverty. The students also traveled to cities across the commonwealth to see how some of their models work. They also took on the challenge first hand by putting themselves in the shoes of Charlottesville's poor.
"We actually did these family dinners where we paired off into groups of four and we all cooked dinner together and had to cook a dinner for all four people on $10," said fourth year UVA student Weston Reynolds.
"How can we help change the game? We're looking for transformation change not just more middle to low income jobs, like how do you really change the game?" asked Lauren Purnell, the instructor of the course.
Group members say they were especially impressed with a Goodwill in Fredericksburg that not only sells used items at a low cost but helps shoppers with resumes and job hunting. The students say this could be a good example for Charlottesville to try.
The group will share all its findings at Monday night's city council meeting. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Charlottesville City Hall.
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