Poverty Simulation


What would you sacrifice to keep your family safe and healthy?

Be Great 004CEDAM hosts unique and interactive experiences of what it’s like to live in poverty. In the poverty simulation, you’ll go to work, take care of your family, grocery shop, buy clothing and look for resources to keep your family afloat for a month.


The entire simulation takes 3 hours and includes facilitated discussion. Participants will leave with a better understanding of poverty and its effect on people and communities. The minimum number of attendees is 40, and we have the capacity to host up to 75.

Work with CEDAM to host a poverty simulation for your staff, community, stakeholders and others.

Pricing for CEDAM Members

  • $1,000 and travel costs within 1 hour of Lansing
  • $1,200 and travel costs within 3 hours of Lansing (with no overnight)
  • Contact us for additional travel and overnights

Please contact us if cost is prohibitive to your organization hosting a poverty simulation. Scholarships may be available.


Please become a Practitioner or Partner level CEDAM member for access to the poverty simulation member pricing above. View CEDAM membership rates here.


Contact Rachel Diskin at diskin@cedam.info or 517-485-3588 x 1948 with any questions or to schedule a poverty simulation.

Photos from Past Simulations

Updated on July 11, 2017.