The poverty simulation is meant to help sensitize participants to the struggles people in poverty face
on a daily basis. During the 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. Time is represented by four 15-minute periods, each representing one week. The task of
each family is to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting
with various community resources. Afterward,participants and staffers conduct a debriefing.