Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference

Sunday, September 25 – Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Click on the video below to see a recap of the 2015 ACP Conference!

Addressing the Challenges of Poverty brings together all sectors of a community in one venue for networking and learning in order to create healthier, stronger communities, colleges, and schools. This annual event focuses on bringing all parts of a community together to build sustainability in all sectors: schools, criminal justice, higher education, businesses, health care, and more. It is time for us to join forces. Learn how to move your mission forward. Network with others facing challenges similar to yours. Learn from experienced practitioners. You can choose from a range of session strands depending on your interest:

  • Health and Business Sectors
  • Faith, Family, and Youth
  • Criminal Justice
  • Getting Ahead
  • Building Bridges Communities
  • Higher Education/Investigations

You will:

  • Gain tips, strategies, and best practices
  • Grow your network
  • Get inspired
  • Break the cycle of poverty
  • Build sustainability in all aspects of communities
  • Learn from other practitioners

For the following options (see below) please contact Gail Gibson at (800) 424-9484.

  • Getting Ahead graduates – $275
  • Presenters – $395
  • If a team registers five individuals that are not Getting Ahead graduates, they will receive one free Getting Ahead registration!

Additional Events:

Sunday, 9/25/16: Bridges Out of Poverty – Trainer Recertification

Sunday, 9/25/16So You’re New to Bridges

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Quotes from previous attendees’ anonymous surveys:

  • It is worth it! It’s such a refreshing experience in our field to see something that truly works and is making positive, lasting changes in real people’s lives.
  • Great conference for a learning experience specific to socioeconomic class! This is information and work that can be integrated in almost any profession.
  • If you have ever wondered how to get in on the Bridges movement the Conference is a great way to start!!
  • At the event you will have an opportunity to meet and network with others that are working in the same area as you and you can find out what they did and they will be a resource for you far beyond the conference.
  • Meeting so many people with the same mission who are so passionate about what they do!
  • Ideas and strategies, with hands-on examples from others who are implementing Bridges and Getting Ahead in their communities.
  • The conference provides a wealth of information, understanding and ideas related to community connection and communicating with low income, first-generation individuals.

If you are a Getting Ahead or Investigations graduate and are interested in applying for a scholarship for this event, then please see this form for more details.

Need help justifying your trip? Use this letter as a template!

TO: The Manager of __________________
FROM: Ruby Payne, President and CEO, aha! Process, Inc.

I am writing to you to support your employee’s participation in the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty International Conference to be held near Orlando, Florida, September 25–27, 2016.


The conference will give your employee a chance to connect with more than 300 likeminded professionals from different states, cities, sectors—even international partners wanting to deepen their understanding of the aha! Process suite of products: A Framework for Understanding Poverty, Bridges Out of Poverty, Getting Ahead in a Just-Getting’-By World, and more. The three days are dedicated to providing strategies and tools to continue growing your community, school, and agency initiatives when your employee returns to your organization and partners energized and refreshed.

The world of eradicating poverty is changing and evolving. The Addressing the Challenges of Poverty International Conference will:

– Allow your employee to learn best practices from leaders who have built successful programs to address poverty in their communities, organizations, and institutions.

– Create interactions with Bridges, Framework, and other sector experts to develop practical strategies for implementing cross-sector initiatives.

– Provide the opportunity to hang out with and learn from Getting Ahead graduates and Investigations college students – learn how they are using ideas to increase stability, access to power, and the choices they have.

– Quantify the financial benefits of reducing social costs related to crime, poor health, and welfare, as well as reveal fundraising tips and other strategies to continue funding your initiatives.

There are nine concurrent breakout sessions with high-powered practitioners sharing their ever adapting and changing approaches to eliminating poverty and creating sustainability.

Here are some of the sessions that were offered in 2015:

– Community Banks Can Help End Poverty

– Moving from a Bridges Steering Committee to a Bridges Movement

– Employer Sponsored Small Dollar Loans

– Building a Sustainable Infrastructure of Bridges

– Rallying the Faith Community Around the Common Good

– Essential Elements of Community/Campus Partnerships

– Getting Ahead Together

– Outreach, Prevention, and the ‘Urgent Chair’

In addition to all of the learning opportunities, the culture of the Addressing the Challenges of Poverty International Conference is engaging, fun, and easily transferable back to the workplace.

As a manager, I deeply respect the investment of time and expense in sending an employee to an event. As aha! Process plans, creates, and produces this event, we remember it can only be done with you, the practitioner of these strategies and this work. We promise to create a powerful learning experience for your employee and team.

We’ve broken down the approximate costs of your employee’s attendance:

Airfare: $xxx

Hotel: $xxx

Conference Registration: $xxx

Total: $xxx

Please take a few minutes to review the conference information on our website ( and consider approving your employee’s attendance at this unique event. If you have any questions, please call our office at (800) 424-9484, or email a member of my team:

Lynn Jackson, Bridges Engagement Manager

Alecia Chapman, Project Manager, Educational Services

I look forward to seeing your organization represented at the conference,





Ruby K. Payne

aha! Process, Inc.


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