Poverty Simulation Experience

Greater Rochester Teacher Center Network/Genesee Valley ASCD


Poverty Simulation Experience for Educators


Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you've experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand. The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. CAPS is not a game. It is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.

CAPS exists to:

Promote Poverty Awareness - During the simulation, role-play a month in poverty and experience low-income families' lives.

Increase Understanding - After the simulation, you will unpack your learning and brainstorm community change.

Inspire Local Change - Together, we can be a voice to end poverty in our communities.

During this 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 try to improve the family's circumstances over the course of one simulated "month." Caregivers must provide food, shelter and other basic necessities for their families while interacting with various community resources.

In the debrief, we will discuss the implications for instruction and classroom practice as well as the interdependent role of the school and community for promoting successful outcomes for all students.

Cost: free

Two Dates to Choose From!

March 31, 2020 from 4 - 7 PM @ Livonia Middle/High School Large Cafeteria

1 Bulldog Boulevard, Livonia, NY 14487


April 1, 2020 from 4 - 7 PM @ Brockport High School Cafeteria

40 Allen Street, Brockport, NY 14420

For registration questions, please email Marguerite.Dimgba@greececsd.org

For event content questions, please email Mary.Beall@edutech.org or PMullikin@avoncsd.org

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