The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) is a copyrighted tool,
originally researched and designed by the Missouri Association for Community Action.
The Reality Enrichment and Life Lessons (REALL) project was originally
designed by OACAC in Southwest Missouri.
When struggling with poverty, owning your own home, continuing your education or starting your own business can seem like an impossible dream. They’re really not, and the Mid-KS CAP team is trained to help our clients achieve those goals. But we ALSO offer group learning tools to teach the public about reality of poverty, and why it’s so important that everyone embrace our VISION: “Individuals reaching their full potential, working harmoniously toward a more prosperous future.”
We host POVERTY SIMULATIONS to educate adults about the typical day to day strategies of a low-income family trying to survive. It is a simulation, not a game, lasting about three hours, including a community “debrief” where the participants and volunteers share their feelings and new revelations.
Teenagers learn in very different ways than adults, and so we offer REALL SIMULATIONS for students in 7th through 12th grades. It’s an active experience that challenges teens to think critically. For example, they may shadow the experience of having dropped out of high school, then explore the life of someone who gotten a college degree. Youth are challenged to live, compare and contrast to draw conclusions for themselves.