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Poverty Simulation

United Way’s Poverty Simulation is a unique tool that allows community agencies to educate everyone, from policy makers to local community leaders, about the day-to-day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress. The Poverty Simulation is a copyrighted tool made available by the Missouri Association for Community Action to organizations that want to promote a greater understanding of poverty.

During a simulation, participants role-play the lives of low-income families, from single parents trying to care for their children to senior citizens trying to maintain their self-sufficiency on Social Security. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources staffed by low-income volunteers.

Although it uses "play" money and other props, fictional scenarios, and time limits, the Poverty Simulation is not a game. It is a simulation tool that enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting.

Learn more about poverty in Frederick

FCC Poverty Simulation November 21, 2014

Please contact us if you are interested in hosting a poverty simulation with United Way (note that there is a $500 administration fee per event to cover the maintenance of our poverty simulation kit as well as planning and preparation time).