Keuka College to Hold Poverty Simulation Nov. 14

The event will allow participants to experience what it’s like to live in poverty.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Keuka College will hold a Poverty Simulation Wednesday, Nov. 14, in the JMW Recreation and Athletics Center’s auxiliary gym. 

Hosted by the Association of Future Social Workers, the simulation runs from 5:30-8:30 p.m., and is open to the public. The event is free, but online registration for the simulation is recommended.

During the simulation, participants will role-play living in poverty and the experience of low-income families’ lives. After the simulation, participants will share what they’ve learned and brainstorm ideas for community change.
Why a simulation? 

“Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families. But unless you’ve experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand,” says Assistant Professor of Social Work Chris Clinton, who is leading the experience. 

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) bridges that gap from misconception to understanding. CAPS is an interactive immersion experience. It sensitizes community participants to the realities of poverty. The Poverty Simulation is not a game—it is based on real Community Action clients and their lives.

The goals of the Poverty Simulation include promoting poverty awareness, increasing understanding, and inspiring local change. Organizers hope to inspire participants to battle poverty among local families, friends, and the community.

To view a video of last year's simulation, click here.