‘Poverty simulation’ a lesson in empathy

There is plenty of poverty in Seneca County, and a special project will allow the public to learn what it’s like to live in poverty.

The Cayuga Seneca Community Action Agency at 23 Center St. will sponsor a “poverty simulation” from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday in the gymnasium of the former St. Mary’s School at 25 Center St.


Poverty simulations give participants a chance to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. The experience is divided into four, 15-minute sessions, each of which represents one week in which participants must provide for their family and maintain their home.

“By the end of the simulation, participants will have a deeper understanding of the classic struggles of the poor, be able to better empathize with people living in poverty and learn how they can help solve this pervasive social problem,” Agency Marketing and Development Director Tricia Kerr said.

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