facilitated activities

Make the Month Simulation

Canadians living in poverty face difficult decisions about things most of us take for granted. Challenge your perspective and experience what it's like for 1 in 10 Calgarians live at or below the poverty line. United Way's online poverty simulation, Make the Month, is an interactive experience where a group makes difficult daily decisions based on a limted budget. A United Way facilitator provides further context and leads an in-depth discussion about poverty in Calgary.

How much time does it take? 
The simulation requires 1 hour for us to facilitate the activity and discussion.

How many people can participate?
We request a minimum of 15 participants (to a maximum of 100).

Do you need to leave your office?
We can host the activity onsite at your office or venue. We will require a projector, screen and a strong internet connection for the simulation, as well as seating for participants.

How far in advance do you book the activity? 
We request a minimum of 2-3 weeks notice, and availability may be limited.

Other important information about the Make the Month:

  • Make the Month was 100% funded by Imperial as a way to engage their employees in the 2014 workplace campaign.
  • The digital platform was created by Park Digital and gifted to United Way of Calgary and Area to be made publicly available and for use as a campaign engagement activity.
  • Make the Month is now available to participanting United Ways across Canada.

Brain Architecture Game

The first 5 years of life are critical for brain development: explore the powerful role of relationships on the developing brain. The Brain Architecture Game is a hands-on, competitive activity demonstrating the importance of early childhood experiences in the development of the brain. A United Way facilitator will take you through how stress early in life can disrupt healthy development and have lifelong consequences. Teams will attempt to build the biggest and most resilient brain using the materials provided.

How much time does it take? 

The game requires 1.5 hours for us to facilitate the activity and discussion.

How many people can participate?
In order to build competing teams, we request a minimum of 15 participants (to a maximum of 120).

Do you need to leave your office?
We can host the activity onsite at your office or venue. We will require a projector, screen and audiofor the presentation, as well as tables and chairs for teams of 3-6 people.

How far in advance do you book the activity? 
We request a minimum of 2-3 weeks notice, and availability may be limited.

Other important information about the Brain Architecture Game:

  • The Brain Architecture Game was purchased and licensed from www.thebrainarchitecturegame.com.
  • The Brain Architecture Game's intellectual property belongs to a not-for-profit partnership between:
    • Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center at the University of Southern California
    • Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University
    • Clinical & Translational Science Institute at the University of Pittsburgh
    • FrameWorks Institute
  • Production and distribution of The Brain Architecture Game has been generously sponsored by the Palix Foundation.

Poverty Simulation

1 in 3 Calgarians worry about not having enough money for housing. Learn what it's like to survive day-to-day on a low income. Living on the Edge: A Poverty Simulation is a live group exercise where participants are assigned a role and challenged with the hard choices that many Calgarians face, whether it's interacting with human service agencies. grocers, pawnbrokers, or bill collectors. This facilitated session encourages discussion around poverty in our city.

How much time does it take? 
A simulation requires approximately 3 hours for us to facilitate the activity and discussion, plus 1.5 hours for setup in advance. The 15 pre-assigned individuals who act as Service Providers require an additional 30 minute orientation.

How many people can participate?
In order to run a simulation we require a minimum 45 people (maximum 80). This includes 15 pre-assigned participants who act as Service Providers.

Do you need to leave your office?
We can host the activity onsite if your office has a 2-3,000 sq. ft. open-concept space, as well as 15 tables and a minimum 90 chairs. We would request to see the space in advance, and provide a floorplan for setup.

If your workplace does not have an appropriate space, we request that you source and pay for an outside venue. We can provide some venue suggestions.

How far in advance do you book the activity? 
We request a minimum of 4-6 weeks’ notice, and availability may be limited.

Other important information about the poverty simulation:

  • United Way provides the facilitator and all materials for the simulation.
  • Workplaces are responsible for recruiting participants, securing venue, and providing refreshments if desired. We will request a registration list a week in advance, and if there are not the minimum 45 participants needed to run the simulation we can host a different activity or reschedule.
  • We typically host an open simulation in October. This are a great option if you don’t have enough participants to host your own, or if your organization does not run a workplace campaign. Contant the Campaign Engagement team for dates and registration details.
  • The poverty simulation kit was purchased and licensed from the Missouri Association of Community Action.

 

For more information on these and other opportunities, please contact our Campaign Engagement team.

Please note that during September to December, these activitites are intended exlusively for workplaces running a United Way campaign. If you would like to book an activity at another time of the year, please contact the Campaign Engagment team and we will do our best to accomodate your request!