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Could you survive a month in poverty? 

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 simulated month 

You might play the role of a single mother who works long hours to provide for your children, a teenager responsible for your younger siblings, or a grandparent who cares for your grandchildren. Each family must work together to cover expenses and maintain housing. 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. 


  • United Way of DeKalb County

  • Community Foundation of DeKalb County

  • Brightpoint