CAP Services’ poverty simulations are an opportunity for individuals to obtain first-hand knowledge of many of the same situations and decisions experienced by low-income households.
The experience involves participants assuming a role in a family (grandparent raising grandchildren, single parent, unmarried adults living together, two-parent household). Family units are provided with background information regarding their income and expenses and are asked to achieve goals over the “4-week” simulation experience (pay bills, feed children, get them to school, go to work or get a job, access community resources).
It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people. The choices participants make over the time period vary from one simulation to another. CAP Services now offers our Poverty Simulation in a virtual form as well. This may be a better option for those with a smaller group.
Poverty simulations are a great opportunity for any group wishing to learn more about the challenges affecting low-income households. CAP has facilitated simulations for:
“The poverty simulation was an eye- and heart-opener.”
-Citizens First Credit Union
“What a powerful activity! Attendees were still talking about it on the last day of the conference and we heard from several attendees that it was an excellent event.”
-National Wellness Institute
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