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About the Poverty Simulation

Developed by the Missouri Community Action Network, the poverty simulation involves participants who take on the roles of members of up to 26 families, all facing a variety of challenging, but typical, circumstances. To start the simulation exercise, each “family” is given a card explaining its unique circumstances. It is then the families’ task to provide food, shelter, and other basic necessities by accessing various community resources during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.”

Poverty in Oklahoma

Understanding Poverty

During the program, participants will understand the various poverty definitions and explore the current poverty statistics for the U.S., Oklahoma, and the specific counties. 


Participants attending will apply the issue of poverty to their lives.  Thought provoking activities in this area include:  “What items would you take?”; “Is Poverty Fair?”; and “The Impact of Homelessness.” 

Identify Resources

Participants will identify resources on the issue of poverty.  But most of all, attendees will generate a list of personal actions they can take to help address poverty. 

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How the Simulation Works

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Role of Volunteers

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Volunteer Recruitment - Community Partners

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What to Expect

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Suzette Barta

Coordinator for Community Engagement

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