Immersive Learning Programs

Every day in Central Indiana, people face challenges that create hardship for them and their families. Our Immersive Learning Programs are designed to place you into the lives of these individuals, helping you uncover and understand their struggles and stresses -- which are often due to barriers beyond their control. Learn how you can be a part of the solution to these issues and help our neighbors in need.

  • Moment to Movement Poverty Simulations
  • Community Conversations
  • Re-entry Simulation

Moment to Movement Poverty Simulations

In One Moment
Brief, simple experience to simulate budgeting with limited resources; quickly develops a more complete understanding of the issues surrounding poverty.
Time: 30 minutes
Number of participants: Unlimited



Real Life. Real Choices.
Deeper dive into real-life Central Indiana family scenarios and how you can help; budgeting activity with tough choices to be made.
Time: 45-60 minutes
Number of participants: Unlimited



Gaining Perspective Through Immersion
Become part of a low-income family struggling to make ends meet in a simulated community; highly immersive and impactful.
Time: 2.5 - 3 hours
Number of participants: 55-88 participants

Questions about Immersive Learning Programs? To find out more, contact Margie Worrell at margie.worrell@uwci.org or 317-923-1203.

Community Conversations

Explore the simple, yet profound topic, “What It’s Like to be Me.” Expertly facilitated by United Way volunteers, this session will allow you and your colleagues to share your backgrounds, your experiences and your thoughts in a safe, informal and welcoming environment.

“This session transformed me as a person. In the end, I felt there’s more that unites us than divides us.” Sam Odle, senior policy advisor for Bose Public Affairs Group
Questions about Immersive Learning Programs? To find out more, contact Margie Worrell at margie.worrell@uwci.org or 317-923-1203.

Re-entry Simulation

100 million adults in the U.S. have a criminal background -- that is one-third of the U.S. population. During this simulation, participants will have to meet a set of expectations that many justice-involved individuals face upon re-entry to society. Step outside of your norm and experience first-hand the re-entry experience millions of individuals go through every year. Learn about the efforts being made to assist more individuals in transitioning out of incarceration and back into the community and how you and your organization can help.
Questions about Immersive Learning Programs? To find out more, contact Margie Worrell at margie.worrell@uwci.org or 317-923-1203.

Benefits of Immersive Learning

Einstein reputedly said, “Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” To experience something that is outside of our daily life gives us the opportunity to learn on a much deeper level. This depth of knowledge and understanding is more likely to lead us to become part of the solution, helping our community become stronger and more vibrant.

Immersive learning places individuals in a fully-engaging, interactive learning environment to replicate possible scenarios that are true to life.

Volunteer for Immersive Learning Programs

As an Immersive Learning program volunteer, you will be asked to fulfill a role in one of our simulations, which is vital to our programs being a success. Many of our volunteers return session after session because they get so much out of the experience. See why by reading this article about Becky Domeland, one of our veteran volunteers!

Acknowledging How Little We Know About Poverty

"Despite having over 50 years of nursing experience. I have had little direct experience with the social and economic problems of patients; this [poverty] simulation truly opened my eyes." - Kay Nickey

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