Canutillo High School Students to Participate in "Breaking the Cycle Poverty Simulation"

El Paso, TX (Feb. 18, 2016) - The United Way of El Paso County (UWEPC) along with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas – El Paso Branch will host a “Breaking the Cycle” simulation on Friday, February 26, 2016. The event will engage 80 Canutillo High School students, mostly CTE students, to help increase their civic awareness and financial management readiness.


The 4-hour long simulation allows students to experience what it’s like to provide basic necessities and shelter for a family facing economic hardships. During the event, students will interact with volunteer-led tables representing services such as a bank, social service agency, an employer, utility company, pawn broker, grocer, state social service office, payday and title loan facility, daycare and school. This role-playing allows students to learn about community resources and budgeting as well as bank and savings services.


Overall, students will gain an understanding of the effects of poverty in their community and will have a venue to discuss improving society’s potential. After the simulation, the Federal Reserve Bank will give presentations entitled “College and Careers” and “Learning to Budget & Save.”


“United Way’s goal in the community with regards to income is to increase the financial independence of individuals and families,” said UWEPC CEO and President Deborah Zuloaga. “The simulation gives us and our committed partners an opportunity to break down the reality of what it’s like to provide for a family and stress to students how pursuing post-secondary education – whether at a college or a trade school – can improve their self-sufficiency.”




Canutillo High School

6675 South Desert Blvd.   

El Paso, TX 79932


Friday, February 26, 2016

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.




Elizabeth Gamez

Marketing & Communications Manager

(915) 533 2434 ext. 222




About Canutillo ISD

The Canutillo Independent School District proudly educates 6,000 students living in the Northwest neighborhoods of El Paso County, Texas through a $59 million operating budget that supports 858 employees, including 382 educators. Its portfolio of 10 campuses consists of six elementary schools, two middle schools, one public high school and one early college high school. To stay abreast of current news and events, download the new Canutillo App on your mobile device through the Google Play Store or iTunes App Store by searching for “Canutillo ISD.”


About The United Way of El Paso County

The United Way of El Paso County is an independent, locally governed and community-supported nonprofit agency that is focused on identifying and making a measurable change in three areas:  Education, Basic Needs, and Income through funding, advocacy, creating collaborative partnerships, and developing volunteer resources. The organization, which has been in El Paso for more than 90 years, focuses on creating long-term, lasting change to make El Paso a better community for everyone. United Way also serves as the manager/fiscal agent for the city, and county employee campaigns.