Beaver campus plans poverty simulation to educate public

The public is invited to participate in a poverty simulation program from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, in the Lodge of the Penn State Beaver Student Union Building.

The simulation is a role-playing experience, allowing participants to learn more about the realities that low-income families face as they try to survive on a daily basis. During the simulation, participants assume the roles of families living in poverty. Their task is to provide basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks.” Participants experience poverty compressed into the real time of the simulation.

At the end of the program, ordinary people from all walks of life share a special kind of awakening. The power of this unique learning experience is that, unlike other methods, it creates an insight into the state of chronic crisis that consumes so many poor, working families.

In addition to the Beaver campus Reach Out Club, program sponsors include a variety of social service and community agencies in western Pennsylvania, including Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Beaver County Area Agency on Aging, Church in the Round, Just Harvest, United Way of Beaver County, Salvation Army of Beaver Falls and the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh.

Stone Cold soup and other refreshments will be provided for participants, and free parking is available in all Beaver campus lots.

For more information, contact JoAnn Chirico, senior instructor in sociology at the Beaver campus, at or 724-773-3846. For directions to the campus, visit


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Last Updated October 08, 2012