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MAMA program going strong in Arizona

April 26, 2019 Published by

Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’-By-World is part of the MAMA (Mothers in Arizona Moving Ahead) Program in Tuscon, Arizona. These are remarkable results due to the hard work of the investigators and the comprehensive approach in Tuscon. The catalyst is the Pima County Health Department and the Community Services, Employment,…

Origins of the divides

April 23, 2019 Published by

Do you wonder why our political system, which was once so self-correcting and attentive to the needs of citizens, increasingly seems to be slow to respond? Do you ever wonder why the needs of citizens are largely unmet while both parties race to their corners in an effort to box…

BB&T ‘Bank Bus’ brought in by Bucks County Opportunity Council

April 11, 2019 Published by

The Bucks County Opportunity Council joined forces with BB&T bank to bring that bank’s Bank Bus to Bucks County. Bank users and unbanked individuals alike were invited to visit. The mobile banking and education unit provides free information, credit reports, and tax services. It’s really more like a mobile classroom…

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United for a Fair Economy spotlight on Phil DeVol

April 9, 2019 Published by

Phil DeVol was interviewed by the nonprofit United for a Fair Economy (UFE) about the role their work plays in Getting Ahead. “I use UFE’s materials in each of my Getting Ahead books and workshops. The UFE activities using bodies to represent data are a great way to generate discussions,”…

What is Ruby reading?

March 26, 2019 Published by

The book iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids Are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy—and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood by Jean Twenge talks about students born after 1995. These students are currently in middle school, high school, and college. Twenge looked at four “large, nationally representative surveys of 11…

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Child poverty, toxic stress, and ‘Driving the Dream’: Marcella Wilson

March 25, 2019 Published by

Diagnosis: Poverty author Marcella Wilson has been busy! Last year the creator of the Transition to Success (TTS) program coauthored the paper “Child Poverty, Toxic Stress, and Social Determinants of Health: Screening and Care Coordination,” which was published in The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing. Transition to Success forms…

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…