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Community Action Poverty Simulation

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a learning tool created to help people understand the realities of poverty. This interactive event promotes poverty awareness, increases understanding and inspires local change. The simulation is based on Community Action clients and their daily realities.


During the simulation exercise, participants role-play the lives of low income families. The simulation enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to discuss the potential for change within their local communities. It was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families, as well as to create a broader awareness of the realities of poverty among policymakers, community leaders, and others.  


SE PA AHEC is available to facilitate poverty simulations for community, student and academic groups.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is owned by the Missouri Community Action Network and is an interactive immersion experience designed to provide a glimpse into the structural barriers, as well as some of the personal and emotional repercussions people in poverty face, in the hopes of sensitizing participants to the various realities of poverty. If you are interested in learning more about the Community Action Poverty Simulation or purchasing a CAPS kit license, please visit or

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