Poverty Simulation

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COVID UPDATE – For the safety of the community, we are currently not offering the Poverty Simulation because it must be done in-person. We will update this page when we can do in-person meetings and offer the simulation again in the future.

What challenges do families in poverty face?

This simulation is designed to help audiences experience and understand what it is like to survive month to month as a low-income family. It is a simulation, not a game.

This 2 1/2-hour model is designed for 40-80 participants who are assigned roles as families facing different poverty obstacles: some are newly unemployed, some are homeless, others are senior citizens receiving disability. The task of each “family” is to provide for basic necessities during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”

It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants explore what they have learned.

Requirements to Host a Simulation:

  • Cover facilitators’ costs (mileage, hotel, meals)
  • Recruit at least 40 participants (80 max)
  • Recruit at least 24 volunteers for the simulation
  • Secure space (approx. 2500-3000 sq ft)
  • Arrange for customized room set-up (map will be provided)
  • Provide low-income volunteers with a modest stipend for their work

There is a fee to host a simulation.