Raising Poverty Awareness through Social Media
You lost your job and you’re down to your last $1,000. Will you make it through the month?
The Urban Ministries of Durham and the McKinney advertising agency teamed up to let people try to answer this question through an online game, SPENT, according to the Daily Tar Heel. Users log on to http://playspent.org to play the click-through game, consisting of a series of questions and decisions designed to educate about homelessness and poverty.
The questions focus on changes and difficulties in employment, housing, health care and other unexpected expenses. It is meant to break down stereotypes about the low-income and homeless families and individuals, saying that financial difficulty is a reality that could happen to anyone.