Mount Mercy's annual Poverty Simulation provided students in the STEPS leadership program with an incredible opportunity to strengthen their understanding of what it means to live in poverty. This unique role-playing game provided students with the chance to walk in the shoes of characters that live in poverty. Armed with new identities, students went to work, raised their children, and did their best to pay their bills on time. The simulation covered 4 weeks of life within the time span of an hour (1 week =15 minutes of “real world” time). As new characters, students faced serious realities and hopefully walked away with a greater understanding of the daily struggles and challenges faced by many in our world.