The Game of Life

Workshop Summary

The Game of Life allows participants to experience what it would be like to live an entire month as a family living in poverty. How will you budget? Will you be able to afford bus passes to get to work? Or, will you be able to transport your wet laundry home when you cannot afford to dry it? These are just some of the questions that families and individuals face on a daily basis. Learn how you would answer these questions and care for your family if you were living in poverty through this interactive “game of life.”


Essential Questions:

  • How does playing this game grow my empathy and understanding of those living in poverty?
  • How does considering someone else’s situation impact my perception of individual differences and my overall understanding of the world?
  • How does experiencing the level of stress associated with the constant challenges of making ends meet, impact overall quality of life for those experiencing extreme poverty?