UAB Poverty Simulation Work Group


The Poverty Simulation originated in Missouri with the Missouri Association for Community Action. Each simulation can accommodate 80 students who are divided into pre-determined families with the goal of making it through a month of working and paying bills while facing the challenges of a low income family. Each simulation also includes 25 volunteers who act as service providers such as daycare workers, employment office personnel, pawn shop workers, school teachers, and healthcare workers. The simulation is divided into four fifteen minute segments – each representing a week of the month. At the end of the simulation, students break into small interprofessional groups led by trained debriefers to discuss their experience of living the life of a low income family.
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