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ONE in FIVE children in America live at
or below the poverty line.

What is a Community Experience (COPE)?

The Cost of Poverty Experience offers an opportunity to gain a glimpse into the lives of families in our communities that face poverty everyday. COPE is a 2.5 hour experience that explores the lived experience of poverty firsthand through the eyes of real families. The experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply understand the human and systemic impacts of poverty and importance of holistic flourishing for everyone.


Through the partnership with Think Tank Inc; They've developed COPE with low-income individuals who shared their story to give participants an opportunity to move beyond stereotypes to a better understanding of the causes and effects of poverty.  


Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with low-income families. Many organizations and communities across the nation use COPE to work more effectively with their communities and  partners. 


This is because the experiential nature of the training helps others deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way to address the issues more comprehensively.

What Participants Say

"This was a great experience and it does help open my eyes to different perspectives within my classroom and daily life" - Irving ISD

Next Steps:

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