On Tuesday, June 25th CAP Utah will host a Poverty Simulation. The Community Action Poverty Simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live in a typical low-income family trying to survive from month to month. The object of the Poverty Simulation is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by low-income people.
The Poverty Simulation is based on real Community Action clients and their lives, all facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances. Up to 88 participants assume the roles of up to 26 different families. Some families are newly unemployed, some are recently deserted by the “breadwinner,” some are homeless, and some are elderly grandparents raising their grandchildren while dealing with their own health issues.
The task of the “families” is to provide for basic necessities and shelter during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” The “families” are seated in groups in the center of a large room where the simulation is conducted. Around the perimeter of the room are tables representing community resources and services for the families. The experience lasts from two and a half hours to three hours. After the simulation, participants then have the opportunity to discuss what they’ve learned with their peers.
The Poverty Simulation is a tool that helps participants rethink the challenges that millions of low-income individuals must face every day. It is designed to sensitize those who frequently work with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers and community leaders.
Tuesady, June 25th
Sorenson Unity Center 1383 S 900 W, Salt Lake City, UT 84104
1:00pm - 4:00pm