One in five children in America live at or below the poverty line.

The Cost Of Poverty Experience

These numbers should disturb us, yet statistics can have a numbing effect.  The Cost of Poverty Experience offers an opportunity to gain a glimpse into the lives of families in our communities that face poverty everyday. 

Through the sponsorship of the CareSource Foundation, Think Tank developed COPE with low-income individuals who shared their story to give participants an opportunity to move beyond stereotypes to a more holistic 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 low-income families. This is because the experiential nature of this training helps organizations and communities more deeply understand the complexities of poverty, paving the way to address the issues more comprehensively.

COPE is a 2.5 hour hands-on training that accommodates up to 120 participants.  Think Tank can facilitate COPE for your community or work with you to identify and train a facilitator to offer this transformative experience. 

An Experience For Everyone.


The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.

Already experienced a COPE?

What can you do next? We hope you have been challenged and inspired to think about how you can begin to engage with your community to address poverty. 

Below are some of the things you can do right now.


Take time to reflect.

Click here for your Next Steps Handout. Take some time to read about what you can do to help alleviate poverty. 


Have a conversation.

Join other COPE Participants on a free live webinar with the Think Tank team. Click here for more information.


Share your experience.

Take part in our COPE Community. Share about your experience on our Facebook page.


Volunteer at a COPE.

We host COPEs all across the country, and are always looking for dedicated individuals to volunteers as Resource Leaders for COPE. If you are interested, click and fill out the form below!