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About This Event

Millions of Americans live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still too low to afford basic needs such as food, decent housing or quality child care.  

This Poverty Simulation will provide you with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. You will then make critical decisions to provide for your family over the course of one month.  

You might play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for her children, a teenager who is responsible for his younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for the children of her incarcerated children. Each family must work together to have food, shelter and utilities. The Simulation also includes a debriefing session to help process the experience.  

The Poverty Simulation is a critical training for youth-serving organizations, schools, faith groups, universities, volunteers and other organizations that work with individuals, families and communities experiencing poverty. 


  • Ross D. Silverman, JD, MPH

    Professor of Health Policy and Management – Indiana Universit

    Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health 

    Professor of Public Health and Law – Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis