The Community Action Poverty Simulation is meant to help sensitize participants to the struggles people in poverty face on a daily basis. During the 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.
In the simulation each week is represented by four 15-minute periods. The task of each family is to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities during the simulation while interacting with various community resources (e.g. bank, pawnshop, childcare center, school, employer, grocery store, etc.) that are staffed by volunteers. Afterward, participants and staffers conduct a debriefing.
The Poverty Simulations at Drake happen each November for Drake's Pharmacy, Athletic Training and Occupational Therapy students.
For more information visit the Missouri Association for Community Action website.