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Registration Now Open for Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE)

Limited Spots Available for This In-Person Simulation 

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The Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE) is a three-hour, role-play simulation of the everyday life hurdles experienced while living in poverty. It’s scheduled for Saturday, October 27th from 9am-noon in the Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi Anchor Ballroom. Limited spots are available. 

In Nueces County, it’s estimated that 32% of families with children under the age of 18 live in poverty. COPE provides people with an accurate representation of the underserved that goes beyond stereotypes – showing that poverty has many faces.

“Participants will leave having a better understanding of the barriers and challenges that individuals and families in poverty situations face every day,” said Angela Walker, Associate Dean of Students at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi. “While the COPE simulation is not a solution to the problem, it provides an opportunity for individuals to engage in dialogue that will hopefully lead to real solutions in ending poverty in our communities. We have an opportunity to make our community better, to be a catalyst for change.  Ending poverty will lead to improvements in our education system, crime will decrease, and people will live healthier lives.” 

COPE represents the lives of real families who live in poverty and have shared their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to real people, situations, and barriers that exist. The simulation offers a snapshot of the obstacles that are faced, the decisions that are made, and the consequences that impact families every day. It reveals how the policies and systems within our community help, or hinder, the progress of these families.

“This is a perception-changing experience,” said Donna Hurley, VP of Community Impact at United Way of the Coastal Bend. “People get a better understanding of how interactions with the community have a long-lasting effect when they step into the shoes of someone with limited resources. It’s an eye-opening simulation that builds empathy, and can form the basis of conversations to effect poverty, which leads to a stronger community.”

COPE is co-sponsored by United Way of the Coastal Bend, Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi, Emmaus Church and the Department of Family and Protective Services. Learn more about this simulation by watching Donna Hurley's interview on KRIS 6 News.

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Registration link for students and faculty at Texas A&M University–Corpus Christi:

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