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School counselor offers tips for understanding rural poverty

February 14, 2019 Published by

Sherry Slankard is a school counselor with more than 25 years’ experience working with at-risk youth through foster parenting and crisis intervention for runaway youth. She is currently site manager of an after-school program and serves as a school counselor in Olney, Illinois. Sherry became a lifetime certified trainer of…

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Top 5 reasons to attend Addressing the Challenges of Poverty Conference 2019

January 4, 2019 Published by

This once-a-year opportunity provides an experience that leaves you energized and thinking about embedding the Bridges constructs in a whole new way. The conference brings together authors, consultants, and people from around the U.S. and abroad to discuss outcomes and changed lives. Broaden your professional network. The sessions are presented…

How to avoid a riot after a police-involved shooting

November 19, 2018 Published by

The potential for a riot seemed inevitable. A police-involved shooting had just taken place in an inner-city community in Toledo, Ohio, and the crowd was very tense. Toledo Police Chief George Kral drew on his 30+ years of experience to bring calm to the scene—and he drew from insights shared…

Krebs to interviewer: Politics not an organization of hatreds

October 31, 2018 Published by

In an interview with Akron Today Magazine, Gene Krebs and Phil DeVol remind us that politics is not the way we organize our hatreds. Instead, in their work with Bridges Out of Poverty communities, the pair “have seen people of all political persuasions working together on poverty issues.” That all-in-together…

New release: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, 6th Edition

October 23, 2018 Published by

New Chapters on the Brain, Intersectionality, and Parents Simple, proven strategies that schools can start using today With a view through an economic lens that has only become sharper and more focused since its initial publication in 1995, Framework’s premise is unchanged: Middle-class understandings of children and adults in poverty…

‘Opportunity Atlas’ provides hard data to deepen community discussion

October 11, 2018 Published by

In Bridges and Getting Ahead we identify four causes of poverty.  One of the research clusters is about “Community Conditions.” The Opportunity Atlas can be used by Bridges trainers to deepen community discussions. Getting Ahead groups can investigate this information when they are in modules 4 and 8. People are…

SATtalks: Saccocio brings Bridges to national church leaders conference

September 20, 2018 Published by

Michael Saccocio is an aha! Process consultant who has transformed Schenectady, New York, using antipoverty concepts and strategies from Framework, Bridges, and Getting Ahead. But what you may not know is that the network Saccocio built would not have been possible without his strong faith and a church-backed mission. In…

Together Initiative to cover 900 miles to Atlanta in fifth annual bike trip

September 18, 2018 Published by

For five years bicyclists from The Together Initiative have been traveling hundreds of miles to attend the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty conference. The conference is hosted by aha! Process and sponsors Emerge Solutions and CharityTracker and runs September 23 to 25 The bikers always start from Pequea Valley, Pennsylvania,…

Using government partnerships to bridge the gap and get ahead

September 17, 2018 Published by

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty national conference presentation spotlight Getting local or state government involved early on in your Bridges efforts can reap big rewards, especially if the end goal is to create communities where everyone can live well. In this session, you will hear the Bridges story unfold from…