Poverty Simulation

What is a Poverty Simulation?

A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families facing poverty. The task for each family is to provide basic necessities and shelter during four 15-minute weeks, while balancing the requirements of various service providers with the realities of daily life.

Why have a Poverty Simulation?

Have you ever wondered why it seems so difficult for some people to escape poverty? Have you ever wanted to help but not known how? The poverty simulation is an invaluable experience that will undoubtedly impact your perspective of your community and the impoverished. Advocate from a place of knowledge as well as compassion

What People are Saying

"Thought provoking, I needed this."
"I had no idea the stress that having only limited resources and money could cause."
"Amazing what empathy and compassion sixty minutes of simulation creates."
"It was very realistic and gave insight into the constant frustration and choices between bad and worse."
"I will be more conscious, more empathetic, more of an advocate."
"Eye opening in ways that I would not have realized."

Recent Participants

Queens University
Charlotte School of Law
Women's Impact Fund
Leadership Charlotte
UNC Charlotte
Wells Fargo
Belk, Inc.
Piedmont Natural Gas

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