Poverty Simulation


A poverty simulation is designed to promote awareness of the challenges low-income families face, as well as bring community leaders and low-income community members together in an effort to create shared understanding.

It involves a role-play where participants are assigned a family profile and need to navigate paying bills, getting to work, caring for children, accessing services, etc. across four 15-minute “weeks.” Volunteers play the role of various “Resource Stations” (e.g. grocery store, school, bank, DSHS, employer, food bank, etc.).

Once the simulation has ended, there will a de-briefing where people can share their experiences and discuss how they relate to issues in our community.
  • Students and those who wish to participate in a family member role Participation sign up.
  • Faculty/Staff and community members are also encouraged to participate as Resource Station Volunteers (requires pre-simulation orientation starting at 12:30 pm). Volunteer Sign Up.
This simulation uses the Community Action Poverty Simulation Kit developed by the Missouri Community Action Network. Learn more.

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