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Poverty Simulation



The Community Action Poverty Simulation is a unique tool to educate everyone, from students to policy makers to local community leaders, about the day to day realities of life with a shortage of money and an abundance of stress.

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.

The simulation enables participants to view poverty from different angles in an experiential setting, while empowering low-income volunteers by allowing them an opportunity to interact with leaders from their community.

South Central Community Action Programs, in conjunction with the Center for Public Service, will host a Poverty Simulations on:

  • Thursday, October 30 from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the CUB Ballroom.

Questions? Contact Mary Laphen at laphma01@gettysburg.edu

 
   
   
   
 
 
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