Empowering Change with Youth Organizations & Historically Black Colleges and Universities


Partnering for Youth Empowerment: Teen Challenge

  • Partnering with Youth Leaders & Organizations

We collaborate with dedicated youth leaders and organizations to equip teenagers with essential skills for a just future. Here’s what our partnership offers:

  • Engaging Game: Teens participate in a 90-minute simulation, “Building a Just World,” where they work together to address real-world challenges.
  • Life Skills Development: The game fosters teamwork, critical thinking, and practical skills needed for success.
  • Focus on Equity & Health: Teens explore themes of social justice and health disparities while building a more equitable society within the simulation.


  • All participants under 18 must be accompanied by a youth leader or parent.

Your Role:

  • You play a crucial role in guiding teenagers through the pre-game briefing and post-game debriefing sessions.
  • We provide comprehensive resources and training to ensure a successful experience for your group.

Benefits for Your Organization:

  • Empowered Youth: Equip teenagers with skills to navigate their world and advocate for change.
  • Valuable Experience: Enhance your youth programs with this unique and impactful activity.
  • Partnership Opportunity: Collaborate with the Black Catholic Health Equity Tour in its mission to empower young minds.

Ready to Partner?

  • Contact us to learn more and discuss how the Teen Challenge can benefit your organization and the teenagers you serve.


Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

  • Empowering Future Leaders through Simulation

Rooted in the socio-ecological model (SEM), our cutting-edge simulation game offers a multifaceted environment for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. This model underpins the game’s design, guiding students through layers of influence from the personal to the systemic, shaping behaviors and decisions.

In this immersive experience, students explore SEM’s interconnected levels—personal choices, relational dynamics, community frameworks, and societal norms. They’re tasked with navigating through these layers, facing scenarios that challenge their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. For example, on a personal level, students make choices affecting their well-being within the game, reflecting the importance of individual actions. Relationally, they learn the value of teamwork and cooperation, simulating real-world social structures.

Institutional and societal layers are represented through in-game businesses and social spaces, where students interact with and understand the role of institutions and societal norms in shaping life paths. The game’s structure prompts students to consider how policies and regulations at these levels influence their virtual and real lives.

Through engaging with our SEM-based simulation, students gain a holistic view of the complexities of social issues, fostering a deeper understanding of how to navigate and effect positive change within their communities. This immersive tool is not just a game but a transformative journey, encouraging students to lead with innovation and empathy towards a more equitable world.

Partner Orientation Kit

Welcome to our Orientation Kit, and thank you for taking the time to explore our simulation game.

This guide is designed to provide you with comprehensive information on organizing a transformative simulation experience for your students or clients. We're excited to partner with you in this unique journey of learning and discovery.

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The Power of Simulations

The Power of Simulation Games for Educational and Social Service Organizations. 

The primary purpose of simulation games is to recreate inequitable structures that individuals face in the real world from a social-ecological perspective.

These games simulate problems at multiple levels, from personal relationships to societal norms and regulations, offering participants a comprehensive view of the challenges they encounter.


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Purpose and Structure of Simulation Games

In today's ever-evolving world, the use of simulation games has become a powerful tool for educational and youth organizations to create impactful learning experiences.

These games not only provide a fun and engaging way to learn but also offer a deeper understanding of complex socio-ecological issues. Let's delve into the details of how simulation games can benefit both educational students and youth groups, and how they can be effectively implemented to maximize their potential

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Educational Outcomes for Students I

For educational students, simulation games provide invaluable insights into various levels of inequality and systemic challenges. Let's break down the key takeaways students can gain from engaging in these games:

1. Personal Level Insights: Participants understand how individual actions impact their well-being and survival, emphasizing the significance of daily tasks.
2. Relational Dynamics: Encouraging collaboration and highlighting power dynamics between different roles in society.
3. Institutional Understanding: Learning how institutions shape lives through businesses and leadership positions.
4. Societal Context: Exploring societal spaces and reflecting on norms, expectations, and inequalities.
5. Policy and Regulations: Understanding the impact of policies on economic stability and resource access.

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Educational Outcomes for Students II

6. Critical Debrief Sessions: Reflecting on experiences, fostering critical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
7. Overcoming Overwhelm: Recognizing the collective effort needed to address inequality and interconnected factors at play.

In summary, simulation games equip students with a holistic perspective on inequality, empowering them to engage in meaningful discussions and take informed action towards positive change.

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Outcomes for Youth Organizations

For social service clients, simulation games offer a unique learning experience focused on financial literacy, entrepreneurial paths, and career opportunities. Participants engage with the environment across various socio-ecological levels, fostering critical thinking and empowering them to transcend towards success in their lives.

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Logistics and Implementation I

Implementing simulation games for low-income individuals involves simple logistics and efficient organization to ensure a seamless experience for participants. Here's a guide on how to effectively organize and present a simulation game:

1. Participants: Engage 60-75 individuals, primarily low-income or minority groups, including college students from partnered institutions.
2. Marketing: Provide flyers with EventBrite registration codes for easy sign-up and tracking of participants. Collect relevant information for identification.
3. Dashboard: Offer a dedicated dashboard for tracking registration numbers, communication, and access to necessary resources.
4. Duration: Games can range from 90 minutes to 3-4 hours, catering to different settings such as classes or community events.

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Logistics and Implementation II

5. Game Structure: Start with a simulated airport check-in, where participants choose roles as bosses or citizens before engaging in various tasks within the game world.
6. Businesses and Roles: Include over 15 functional businesses and roles, from banks and universities to entertainment centers and community leaders.
7. Debrief Sessions: Pause the game every 30-40 minutes for reflection and collaborative problem-solving, emphasizing the teaching moments and dissecting challenges.
8. Final Reflection: Conclude the game with participants reflecting on their learnings and achievements, identifying areas for personal and collective intervention for positive change.

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Logistics and Implementation III

By following these guidelines and structuring the simulation game effectively, educational institutions and youth groups can leverage the power of simulation games to create impactful learning experiences for their students and clients. Embracing these innovative approaches can pave the way for a more informed, empathetic, and empowered society.

In conclusion, simulation games serve as catalysts for social learning, offering a dynamic platform for individuals to engage with complex socio-ecological issues, foster critical thinking, and inspire positive change in their communities.

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Feedback Questions

We hope you found our Orientation Kit insightful and beneficial.

To better serve you and future participants, we'd appreciate your feedback. How would you rate the helpfulness of this orientation?

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Thank You!

Your responses will help us improve our products.

God bless!

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