Title

Poverty Simulation: Could You Survive a Month in Poverty?

Location

Harborside Center West

Strand #1

Family & Community

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Brief Program Description

Please join us for a rare opportunity to better understand what many of our youth living in poverty face on a daily basis (Space is limited to 80 participants; please register ahead). Approximately 32.9 million Americans, 11.7 million of whom are children under the age of 18, live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. The recent economic downturn has seen unemployment rates rise and the use of emergency food pantries increase. It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day; the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). The CAPS provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, “This simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth “that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!”

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Format

Individual Presentation

Biographical Sketch

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Keyword Descriptors

Poverty, CAPS, Community Action Poverty Simulation

Presentation Year

2015

Start Date

3-3-2015 10:15 AM

End Date

3-3-2015 12:00 PM

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Poverty Simulation: Could You Survive a Month in Poverty?

Harborside Center West

Please join us for a rare opportunity to better understand what many of our youth living in poverty face on a daily basis (Space is limited to 80 participants; please register ahead). Approximately 32.9 million Americans, 11.7 million of whom are children under the age of 18, live in poverty every day. Many more have incomes above the poverty line, but their incomes are still low enough to qualify for programs like Food Stamps and Medicaid. The recent economic downturn has seen unemployment rates rise and the use of emergency food pantries increase. It is difficult for those of us who have enough to truly understand the situations that families living in poverty experience every day; the decisions they have to make, and the fears and frustrations they feel. That is why we are inviting you to walk a mile in the shoes of those facing poverty by participating in the Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS). The CAPS provides participants with the opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which you must provide for your family and maintain your home. As one participant commented, “This simulation dramatically demonstrates how much time and energy many families have to give just to survive from day to day. It quickly dispels the myth “that people would do fine if they would only go out and get a job!”