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Santa Teresa Parish — Community Action Poverty Simulation

Step Up Silicon Valley

Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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 Community Action Poverty Simulation led by Santa Teresa Parish and Step Up Silicon Valley


  • Spend a “month” in four 15 minute “weeks”  trying to make ends meet with limited resources.
  • Share your experiences and your insights with others.
  • Learn about next steps you can take to cut poverty. 

Participants in this unique event view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting. The action reflects the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. During the simulation, participants role-play the lives of families struggling to make ends meet, from single parents trying to care for their children to seniors trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security.

The task of each family is to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities while interacting with community resources such as the bank, store, utility company and pawn shop staffed by resource volunteers.

Although it uses “play” money and other props, fictional scenarios and time limits, the Poverty Simulation is not a game.  It is a unique simulation tool that enables participants to view the real world of poverty.

Following the role-play participants and low-income volunteers reflect upon their experiences, share their insights, compare these with the reality of poverty today in Santa Clara County and learn about next steps to cut poverty in our community. 

This activity is for adults and high school students.

For additional information contact: 

Robin Hayr at

This is a FREE event.




Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?

While there is no specific age limit, we suggest high school age being the youngest to attend the event.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

You can contact the organizer Robin Hayr at


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, you do not need to bring your printed ticket. A sign-in sheet will be provided. 


The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?

Yes, that is okay. 


Have questions about Santa Teresa Parish — Community Action Poverty Simulation? Contact Step Up Silicon Valley

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Santa Teresa Parish, Avila Hall
794 Calero Avenue
San Jos, CA 95123

Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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Step Up Silicon Valley

Step Up Silicon Valley is a community coalition focused on reducing poverty in Santa Clara County through creating awareness, advocating for policy changes, and incubating innovative solutions to help people move out of poverty.

We achieve this by working closely with representatives from various organizations and community members to coordinate breakthrough systems change that allow us to holistically create a thriving community in which none are too poor to give or too wealthy to be in need, and where everyone  has access to  * affordable health care,  * sufficient nutritious food,  * decent affordable housing, * meaningful educational and career opportunities, and  * reliable income that meets their basic financial needs. Learn more at

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