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Poverty Simulation

In 2014, the number of people in the United States living in poverty reached 46.7 million, which is 14.8% of the population. In New York State 3,068,938 people live in poverty. That totals 15.9% percent of the state, or almost half a million more people than the population of Brooklyn, 2.6 million people. To be in poverty is, for a family of four, two adults and two kids, to live on $24,230 a year. See U.S. Census Report.

The Poverty Simulation is a team building experience that allows participants of an organization to improve on their collaborative skills while simulating what it is like to live as a low income New Yorker. Put on by corporate law firms and state bar associations throughout the country, the NYS Courts Access to Justice Program is introducing it to judicial and non-judicial staff to enrich their work place experience.

For more information on the Poverty Simulation, contact Lisa Zayas, Special Counsel for Program Initiatives, at her

Program Material | Past Events

Program Material 

Roberts, Sam. "One in Five New York City Residents Living in Poverty" The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 22, 2011.

Tavernise, Sabrina. “Soaring Poverty Casts Spotlight on 'Lost Decade'” The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 13, 2011.

Roberts, Sam. "Census Shows How Recession Hit N.Y." The New York Times, New York, N.Y. September, 28, 2010.

Delancy, Martha and Scott Russell. "Working with Pro Bono Clients." Bench & Bar of Minnesota, M.N. Vol. 62, No. 7, August 2005.

Brown, DeNeen L. "The High Cost of Poverty: Why the Poor Pay More." The Washington Post, Washington, D.C. May 18, 2009.

"Poverty: 2009-2010."; Economics and Statistics Administration, U.S. Census Bureau, Issued October 2011.

Past Events 

October 2015:
New York City Civil and Housing Court Judges Training

September 2014
Touro Law School

February 2013:
Queens County Criminal Court Training

June 2012:
New York County and Richmond County Criminal Court Training

December 2011:
Kings County Criminal Court Training

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