If you are looking to expand your knowledge of what poverty looks and feels like, the poverty simulation might be what you are looking for.
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.
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 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.
Why attend a poverty simulation?
Participants described their goals in attending as:
- –Increasing awareness about poverty.
- –Becoming more knowledgeable about poverty.
- –Enhancing their perspective and understanding of poverty.
- –Learning solutions to poverty and improve existing resources.
- –Experiencing poverty.
Regardless of the wide range of self-defined goals, 94% of participants reported that the simulation met their goals.
- –It allowed me to feel all of the emotions that come along with living in poverty — very eye-opening.
- –Really powerful event, amazing — felt real!
- –It helped network and find new resources to help our community.
- –The various pieces (work, school, family situation, transportation, and service providers) came together to give a picture of what is truly poverty in America, and the stress that comes with it.
- –To hear about something does not give it life or real meaning, living it does.
- –Got people thinking about the need for a paradigm shift in how we do what we do.
Interested in a Poverty Simulation for Your Organization?
Past participants include direct service providers, faith based leaders, healthcare employees, government and public leaders, company employees, and community members. While each participant comes from a different walk in life, they each gain a similar experience from the Poverty Simulation. If you are interested in learning more about the Poverty Simulation, review testimonials from participants and contact us.