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

Bloomington, MN (Normandale Community College) July 24-25, 2017 Agenda
Augusta, ME August 8-9, 2017 Agenda
Lewisville, TX (Hedrick Elementary School) August 23-24, 2017 Agenda
Highland County, OH September 13-14, 2017 Agenda
San Diego, CA October 9-10, 2017 Agenda
Amarillo, TX November 13-14, 2017 Agenda
Little Rock / Conway AR (AETN TV) November 27-28, 2017 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

Bloomington, MN (Normandale Community College) July 26-27, 2017 Agenda
Augusta, ME August 10-11, 2017 Agenda
San Diego, CA October 11-12, 2017 Agenda
Amarillo, TX November 15-16, 2017 Agenda
Little Rock / Conway, AR (AETN TV) November 29-30, 2017 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: $59.99)

Full Day [4-hour training plus a 2-hour train-the-trainer session] (Price: $159.99)


Amarillo, TX (Cal Farley's Engagment Center) Training Workshop July 14, 2017 (8:00am-12:30pm)
Amarillo, TX (Cal Farley's Engagment Center) Train The Trainer July 14, 2017 (8:00am-4:00pm)
Fairfield, ME (Kennebec Valley Community College Carter Hall Gymnasium) Training Workshop August 14, 2017 (8:00am-12:30pm)
Fairfield, ME (Kennebec Valley Community College Train The Trainer August 14, 2017 (8:00am-4:00pm)


Gold Star Speaker Trainings

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Note: To pay via purchase order, please call 503-590-4599.