**A Poverty Simulation is not a game, but a role-play event, of 80+ people to help develop an informed perspective on the way poverty works. You have the opportunity to engage with the community in learning about the relevant issue.
This Poverty Simulation is a part of national Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week and is put on by the Washington State University Extension.A Poverty Simulation is a facilitated role play that allows 50-80 assume the role of a low income family member living on a limited budget. Although it uses play money and fictional scenarios, a Poverty simulation is a role play – not a game. It is a powerful experience that takes only three hours of time, but makes a lasting impact. It builds a greater awareness of the issues facing people in poverty, and helps build a foundation for change – personally, professionally and in our communities. A Poverty Simulation can change attitudes and challenge stereotypes about people in poverty.
During the simulation, participants are instructed to provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for themselves and their families, using resources they receive through a random assignment. Aiding in the simulation are volunteers who play the role of social service workers, bankers, school teachers, grocers, law enforcement, etc., providing a ‘community’ with whom the participants interact. It sounds simple enough until attendees are faced with the impossible daily dilemmas that are common to the poor.
To find out more about the Poverty Simulation, watch this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qEsjpMfMEPs