Ending Poverty Now

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Ending Poverty Now is a Pima County economic development initiative that employs the following strategies:
  1. County/business partnerships to promote retention and advancement of workers
  2. Engaging and empowering under-resourced people
  3. Building a cross-sector strategy
  4. Coordinating and combining resources to maximize their impact

Read more about Ending Poverty Now in the Pima County Economic Development Plan


Understanding Poverty:  Why Poverty Matters to Our Community

Cost: $50 includes training, snacks, lunch, and materials
If you or your organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges and strengths will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success. This workshop provides new insights to help you understand the experience of being chronically under-resourced so that you can build greater effectiveness in your work.
Understanding Poverty means understanding the impact of chronic instability, scarcity, and stress, as well as how environments and systems impact the larger picture.  Participants will examine economic class and its impact our lives and institutions, review tools for systemic change and learn about the Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World workshop.  Ideas and tools are drawn from the Bridges Out of Poverty framework, new research on scarcity, behavioral science, and other resources.

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Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World Facilitator Training

Cost: $85 includes training, snacks, lunch, materials, and workbooks
The purpose of Getting Ahead in a Just Gettin’ By World is to provide people experiencing poverty and a chronic lack of resources with new strategies and thinking to build resources for greater stability, choices, and community participation. Become a certified Getting Ahead facilitator and help under-resourced individuals to:

  • Stabilize and take charge of their lives
  • Complete a self-assessment of their own resources and make plans to build them
  • Develop a series of mental models to examine their own lives and create new future stories
  • Investigate the impact that poverty has had on themselves and their community
  • Use this information to build resources for a better life and community

Facilitator training includes the following topics: philosophy, theory, motivation and incentives, long-term support, mental models, content, process, and practice sessions. Additionally, you will receive:

  • Overview of Getting Ahead
  • Preparation to facilitate Getting Ahead groups
  • Getting ahead Workbook and accompanying Facilitator's Guide (the set)
  • On-going support/community

Getting Ahead is being offered in urban and rural areas in 50 states and in varied settings, including drug courts, housing projects, workforce development, healthcare employers, mental health associations, prisons, neighborhoods, schools, colleges, and community and faith-based initiatives.

Workshop are led by Bonnie Bazata, the Ending Poverty Now program manager for Pima County.  Previously, Bonnie was the first Executive Director of the St. Joseph County Bridges Out of Poverty Initiative in South Bend, Indiana, where more than 850 people graduated the Getting Ahead program. She has provided trainings around the country and helped design both the national evaluation instrument and a qualitative study of Getting Ahead.

Note:  To attend the Getting Ahead Facilitator training, you need to first attend the day-long workshop on Understanding Poverty provided by a certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainer is a pre-requisite.

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