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Bridges to safe communities: Training begins

October 26, 2016 Published by

Day 1 of our Tactical Communication training begins, and the officers arrive with questions. We are at the Martin Luther KingEvent Center in Muskogee, Oklahoma, a beautiful facility with first-rate services. “Is this about how to talk to terrorists?” “Are we learning how to talk during a hostage crisis or...


Bridges to safe communities

October 8, 2016 Published by

I just finished the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference in Orlando, and naturally it was terrific. As usual, there was a lot of discussion about new programs, new ideas, and sharing. This conference also featured a lot of sidebar chats that were very enlightening that dealt with another topic....


United Way program looks at wealth disparity

October 1, 2016 Published by

By Lana Donath First published Thursday, September 15, 2016 in The Baytown Sun United Way of Greater Baytown Area and Chambers County’s “Women United” hosted its third annual “Power of Your Purse” breakfast at SpringHill Suites Marriott Wednesday morning. The event welcomed nearly 200 guests and raised over $6,000, which...


Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference concludes in Orlando

September 29, 2016 Published by

The annual Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference wrapped up Tuesday, September 27, with a closing address from aha! Process founder Ruby Payne. Focusing on the community infrastructure necessary to move from getting by to prosperity and philanthropy, Payne outlined ways for communities to survive in the global, knowledge-based economy...


Muskogee named Bridges Out of Poverty Community of the Year

September 20, 2016 Published by

At the 2016 Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference in Orlando, aha! Process will name Muskogee Bridges Out of Poverty the 2016 Bridges Out of Poverty Community of the Year. Bringing many sectors of the community together at the planning table is a central strategy of Bridges, and Muskogee, Oklahoma,...


Letter to Ruby Payne: ‘Every person I’ve spoken to has had an awakening’

September 15, 2016 Published by

Good Evening, Ruby, I asked my colleagues this afternoon “What stood out for you this morning?” Everyone had a different response! For one, it was your explanation of the connection between relationships and ability to express yourself in language – negotiation. For another, it was about role identity defining who...


Bridges of Hope, Allegan County, Michigan, hard at work in second quarter

August 30, 2016 Published by

by Jenifer Mitchell, Bridges of Hope Bridges Out of Poverty Training In April we offered a Bridges Out of Poverty workshop to help members of the community better understand the limitations of living in poverty and how we can enable change. While some attendees represented nonprofit organizations such as St....


How do I get my immigrant students to want to speak English? Part 4

August 17, 2016 Published by

This series shares lessons I learned during a summer session with middle school students labeled “reluctant” to learn English. Follow the links for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the series. Lesson #4: Model a temperament that promotes and maintains a safe environment. Don’t be caught off guard...