Poverty Institute

The Poverty Institute is a hands on two-day conference for educators, health, justice, social service professionals, and community members who want to better understand poverty and to gain tools for making a difference.

Participants will:

  • Learn to communicate more effectively with those living in poverty (e.g., bridging print and oral cultures).
  • Use role play, activities, modeling and dialogue to understand and practice the core concepts.
  • Come away with concrete strategies and materials that you can use right away to make a difference.

Price: $285.00

Little Rock / Conway AR (AETN TV) November 27-28, 2017 Agenda
Portland, OR December 11-12, 2017 Agenda
Amarillo, TX February 20-21, 2018 Agenda


Coaching Institute

Poverty Coaching Institute prepares participants to serve as poverty coaches for their organizations. A Communication Across Barriers poverty coach is trained to conduct workshops for breaking poverty barriers and improving communication and relationships for in-house staff. Coaches serve as on-site experts for educating colleagues, providing leadership for breaking poverty barriers, and developing system wide approaches for improving outcomes for families who live in the war zone of poverty. Poverty coaches will also be trained to conduct Poverty Competency Assessments and assist their organization in developing and implementing customized action plans with measurable results.

Price: $695.00

Little Rock / Conway, AR (AETN TV) November 29-30, 2017 Agenda
Portland, OR December 13-14, 2017 Agenda
Amarillo, TX February 22-23, 2018 Agenda

The Poverty Institutes are fully accredited by Portland State University for both college credit and CEU (continuing education).

NOTE: Coaching Institute participants must have completed a two­-day Poverty Institute.


If Not Me, Then Who Conference

Do you struggle to connect and understand some of the families and individuals you serve? Would you like to increase your poverty competency skills—improving communication and relationship-building skills? Would you like to develop best practices and tools for breaking poverty barriers, improving outcomes, and changing lives in your community? Then, this is the conference for you!


These highly interactive training sessions—a 4-hour skill-building workshop and 2 hour train-the-trainer session—are designed to improve skill sets for home visitors and those who work directly with people who live in the crisis of poverty. Organization leaders will also benefit as they gain tools for systemic change that is responsive to assisting people to move out and stay out of poverty.


4-hour Training Workshop (Price: $99.00)

Full Day [4-hour training plus a 2-hour train-the-trainer session] (Price: $249.00)




Poverty, Race, and Consciousness

RACE: In the 40+ years since the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act, we continue to see our neighbors struggle for equal rights, access, and opportunities. What will it take for us to live in a society free from discrimination?

POVERTY: In the 1700s, poverty was made illegal and/or thought to be a character flaw. Today, many people living in the crisis of poverty continue to be punished for poverty conditions. Many efforts to eradicate poverty fail or at best assist people to “cope” with current poverty conditions. What can we do to ensure our neighbors are moving out and staying out of the war zone of poverty?  

CONSCIOUSNESS: Our society reflects the state of our consciousness. What do you know and believe about race issues and or poverty issues? Can we transform our collective consciousness and create communities that work for all?  

In this training, participants will:
Explore the intersection of race and class
Examine how subconscious bias gets in the way of breaking barriers
Learn practical doable strategies to eliminate racism and poverty.

This session provides individuals, organizations, communities, and our nation with practical, usable tools to overcome these barriers. Let’s come together to create the kinds of communities where everyone reaches their fullest potential.

Price: 59.00

Unity Church of Portland January 31, 2018, 1-5pm


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