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Poverty Simulation


Poverty Simulation

Why a Simulation?

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 the gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty.

Who Does Poverty Simulations?

CAPS is a unique tool used by over 2,000 different organizations worldwide. Here is a sampling of organizations who use the tool:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Education
  • Community action

The Poverty Simulation is not a game. This simulation exists to:

  • Promote poverty awareness
  • Increase understanding
  • Inspire change
  • Transform perspectives


Fee for Poverty Simulation

Option Cost Participants Details
Poverty Simulation $2,000 Min: 75 One 3-hour training on site
Poverty Simulation with Extension $2,500 Min: 75, Max: 100 One 3-hour Follow-up Session with Extension on how poverty affects students in the classroom

The fee to have a Poverty Simulation facilitated on site, if you are within the Region 10 Education Service Center area, is $2,000.  If you are not in the Region 10 Education Service Center area, the fee is $2,000 plus travel.


Scheduling a Poverty Simulation

In order to participate in a simulation, participants are asked to meet the following criteria.

  • Provide a large, open facility for the simulation
  • Provide assistance with set-up and clean-up
  • Provide a computer, LCD projector and screen


To schedule a simulation for your district or campus, please fill out and submit a request form.

Poverty Simulation Request Form

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