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Local Teens Experience Living in Poverty

Local students learned a hard lesson about living in poverty Wednesday morning.

Local students learned a hard lesson about living in poverty Wednesday morning.

"My role, I am a mother of my family, who is unemployed, but has to take care of my mother-in-law who's on disability services while my husband goes to work and my kid goes to school," Andi Huttoh, a WT student said. 

Huttoh is just one of 40 members of Teen Leadership Amarillo and Canyon who spent the morning participating in a poverty simulation, dealing with everything from unemployment and food stamps to eviction and homelessness.

"It's crazy, running around trying to make sure everything's paid for, we're fed, we're clohted. I just had no idea what poverty was really like," Huttoh said. 

That's why the organization puts on this event each year; to give students an idea of what it is really like to live in poverty.

"This exercise gives you a clear picture of some of those challenges and obstacles, and it really, I believe makes you a little more empathetic toward those who are trying really hard to provide for their family," Liza Blake, with Leadership Amarillo and Canyon said. 

"We are giving them skills but also information, that will make them want to change their community for the better," Renee Stovall, with Leadership Amarillo and Canyon said. 

A lesson in community, after a day of harsh realities.

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