Poverty Simulation

February 8, 2016

Poverty Simulation in Ontario OregonDo you want to get a bet­ter under­stand­ing of what poverty feels like, and use that under­stand­ing to start think­ing about next steps for action, inte­grat­ing your empa­thy and knowl­edge? The poverty sim­u­la­tion is the appro­pri­ate train­ing for you!

Not only are sim­u­la­tions one of the most effec­tive ways to learn, but you will walk away with a deeper under­stand­ing of poverty by “walk­ing a mile” in the shoes of some­one expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

Course Descrip­tion: Dur­ing the sim­u­la­tion, par­tic­i­pants play the role of an indi­vid­ual expe­ri­enc­ing poverty, many of whom inter­act with other par­tic­i­pants as mem­bers of a fam­ily.  They nav­i­gate the poverty expe­ri­ence together, using what­ever resources they have to pay their rent and util­i­ties, eat, work, go to school, and seek com­mu­nity resources. Par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­ence a month of poverty, which is sep­a­rated into four 15–20 minute weeks.

While the sim­u­la­tion includes role play­ing, play money, and even props, par­tic­i­pants quickly learn that the sim­u­la­tion is not a game for our (real) neigh­bors, friends and fam­ily who expe­ri­ence poverty every day.

Par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­ence what it is like to learn about com­mu­nity resources, ask for help, cre­ate social bonds, how to get by with lim­ited means, and what choices and lim­ited oppor­tu­ni­ties make up the expe­ri­ence of poverty. The poverty sim­u­la­tion cur­ricu­lum is made avail­able to us by the Mis­souri Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Action.

Learn More:

Check out our other train­ing options here to enrich your under­stand­ing of poverty. If you are curi­ous about who we have trained, check out our past clients. Check out tes­ti­mo­ni­als to hear what train­ing par­tic­i­pants had to say.

Con­tact us to learn more about the Poverty Sim­u­la­tion train­ing and how you and your orga­ni­za­tion can benefit.

CAPS Polk County 2012
Simulation: baby
Simulation: Planning for the week ahead
Simulation: Accessing services
Simulation: Work and employment
Simulation: Getting ready
Poverty Simulation

A fam­ily was evicted from their home dur­ing the Poverty Simulation.

Wordle from Poverty Simulation

A sum­mary of par­tic­i­pant expe­ri­ences dur­ing a Poverty Simulation.

CAPS - Paying for utiltiies
CAPS Polk County 2012Simulation: babySimulation: Planning for the week aheadSimulation: Accessing servicesSimulation: Work and employmentSimulation: Getting readyA family was evicted from their home during the Poverty Simulation.A summary of participant experiences during a Poverty Simulation.CAPS - Paying for utiltiies

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)