Poverty Simulation

Unless you have experienced poverty, it's difficult to truly understand.

As a participant in the Human Development and Family Studies Poverty Simulation workshop, you will simulate living as a family member experiencing poverty, or as a service provider struggling with too few resources to assist families in poverty. This interactive immersion experience is based upon the Missouri Community Action Network model.

You will walk away from this experience with a new understanding of the challenges that millions of low-income individuals face every day and how communities can address these problems. The poverty simulation is a profoundly moving experience that exposes participants to the oftentimes harsh realities of poverty.

As a student, faculty, or staff member at Central Michigan University, you can participate in poverty simulation free of charge. Workshops are offered each semester.

We also provide the simulation to community partners and organizations as professional development training and as an important teaching tool. Past groups who have participated include:

  • Public Schools
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Social Service Providers
  • College Students and Faculty
  • Government Agencies
  • Religious Organizations
  • Medical and Public Safety Groups
  • Community Organizations

Our Human Development and Family Studies Poverty Simulation is a powerful tool to gain an understanding of the complexities of poverty. We are excited to share this tool with our students, faculty, and communities as part of our commitment to raise awareness and serve those living in poverty throughout Michigan.