What is the Poverty Simulation
The Poverty Simulation is an experience designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from week to week. The objective of the experience is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people and motivate them to become involved in the activities which help reduce poverty within our communities. It is a simulation, not a game.
What to Expect
Participants will leave their identities at the door and role-play the lives of various family types living in poverty. Families can be subject to one of the conditions below:
- Newly unemployed
- Recently deserted by the “breadwinner”
- Recipients of TANF with or without additional earned income
- Senior citizens receiving disability or retirement
- Grandparents raising their grandchildren
- Volunteer staffers will create a community of companies and agencies that families interact with for four 15-minute “weeks”.
At the end of the simulation, facilitated discussion allows the group to reflect on their experience in order to ain further understanding, insight, and additional information about resources and how to get involved.