Pathways to Prosperity  Program Presented by United Indians of  All Tribes Foundation Initial funding provided by the Nort...
Principle Partners <ul><li>United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Native American Community of Seattle </li></ul>...
United Indians of All Tribes Foundation <ul><li>Founded by Bernie Whitebear and supporters in 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>30+ y...
Northwest Area Foundation <ul><li>A grant-making Foundation founded in 1934 </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on long-term poverty...
To assist our  Native Community  in the journey from  poverty to well-being Program Goal
First Steps: Shelangen Coalition <ul><li>“ Shelangen ” (means “together” in Coast Salish) </li></ul><ul><li>300 Native Ame...
Critical Challenges facing the Seattle Native American Community <ul><li>30% live below the poverty line </li></ul><ul><li...
<ul><li>Highest levels of: </li></ul><ul><li>infant mortality rate </li></ul><ul><li>diabetes, heart disease and cancer </...
Origins of the Model The Pathway to Prosperity Program is based on 40 years of field experimentation and consultation with...
Origins of the Model <ul><li>In Seattle through the work of  United Indians  beginning in 1974 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Commu...
Origins of the Model <ul><li>Across North America and worldwide through the work of  Four Worlds International </li></ul><...
What is poverty? Poverty is not simply “a lack of jobs or income”, but rather “a web of interwoven problems—poor schooling...
The Tree of Poverty has many roots
What Determines Poverty? <ul><li>Poor health </li></ul><ul><li>2. Weak cultural and spiritual identity </li></ul><ul><li>3...
What Determines Poverty? <ul><li>6. Poor education </li></ul><ul><li>7. Unemployment/low wages </li></ul><ul><li>8. Poor a...
Summary of Determinants of Poverty Determinants of Poverty Weakened Cultural & Spiritual Identity Unmet Basic   Needs Lack...
Our Primary Strategy <ul><li>Transform the  </li></ul><ul><li>Determinants of Poverty   </li></ul><ul><li>into the </li></...
Determinants of Well-being Poor health Vibrant health Weak cultural and spiritual identity Strong cultural and spiritual i...
Determinants of Well-being Poor education Appropriate education and training Unemployment/low wages Adequate income opport...
Pathway to Prosperity Four Strategic Elements <ul><li>Address the Determinants of Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wholisti...
Pathways to Prosperity Program <ul><li>A comprehensive web of opportunities that form a pathway </li></ul>
The Journey What do people need to make the journey from chronic poverty and dependency to sustainable well-being and pros...
Nine Lines of Action  for Promoting Prosperity and Wellbeing
–  1 – Education and Training Day Break Star College United Indians Headstart and Early Headstart Literacy Family  Strengt...
–  2 – Health and Wellness <ul><li>Healing and recovery from the impacts of trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Addiction recovery </...
–  3 – Cultural and Spiritual Revitalization Elders Council Drawing on Cultural Leaders Cultural Research Culturally based...
–  4 – Community Building Community involvement in program governance Community  Learning and Planning Community based Res...
–  4 – Community Building <ul><li>Specifically: </li></ul><ul><li>Bernie Whitebear Center for Human and Community Developm...
–  5 –   Offering a “hand-up” and “bridge-building” <ul><li>Targeted small scale help to families already engaged in the j...
–  6 –   Community Economic Development <ul><li>Building individual and community capacity for economic success </li></ul>...
–  7 –  Partnership Building <ul><li>Circle of partners to be established to ensure all needed services are available </li...
–  8 –   Strategic Communication <ul><li>Using media for education and community development </li></ul><ul><li>Community p...
–  9 – Public Policy Engagement <ul><li>Policy research relevant to poverty alleviation </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic outre...
Pathway to Prosperity Program <ul><li>More than a 2 year project, it’s a 10 to 20 year journey </li></ul><ul><li>All the c...
<ul><li>The heart and soul of the Pathways to Prosperity Program is building capacity for sustainable well-being and prosp...
Pathway to Prosperity Program <ul><li>More than a technical project, also a spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>No unity,...
FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.unitedindians.org email: prosperity@unitedindians.org 206.285.4425 P.O. Box 99100 Seattle, WA 98...
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  • Our first step was to engage our community in a two year consultation process funded by the Northwest Area Foundation. The Shelengen coalition was formed in 2003 and involved some 300 Native Americans from the Seattle area. More than 2,000 Native individuals and many families were interviewed and surveyed. Facilitated community analysis carried out in search of a deeper understanding of the roots of poverty and the solutions that are needed. This analysis provided a starting place for the development of the Pathways to Prosperity Program. Click
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  • The tree of poverty has many roots Poverty is not one thing for Native Americans, it is many things braided together Poor health Basic needs not met Disconnected from spiritual and cultural identity Loss of social support systems Lack of education and training Facing the climate of prejudice Lack of economic opportunities and many other factors 3. We call these root causes “The Determinants of Poverty” Click
  • Pathways to Prosperity Program is based on a “Determinants of Poverty” approach. These 10 factors need to be addressed if Native American poverty in Seattle is to be overcome. Click
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  • This is a summary diagram of the “Determinants of Poverty” which we use to remind ourselves to always orient our strategies to addressing the full spectrum of determinants Click
  • One of our 16 principles is “move to the positive, don’t waste energy fighting the negative.” To effectively address the “Determinants of Poverty”, we need to work toward a positive vision. We therefore need to transform the “Determinants of Poverty” into the “Determinants of Sustainable Well-being and Prosperity”. Click
  • “ Poor Health” becomes “Vibrant Health” “ Fractured Social Networks” becomes “Strong social networks” and so on Click
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  • Our community needs to make a journey from poverty to sustainable well-being and prosperity Different people have different combinations of needs Healing Connection to culture and community Life skills, job skills Employment opportunities Social and professional support Literacy Academic upgrading Education and training Emergency help Access to credit Business start up support, etc Click
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  • Education and training for what? a. Early childhood development b. Strong families c. Personal growth and healing d. Life Skills, job skills e. Literacy f. Academic upgrading g. Community development h. Leadership, etc, etc Click How will this happen? 1. United Indians Headstart and Early Headstart program 2. Day Break Star College Click
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  • One project activity will be to develop a Native American community newspaper oriented to community development and to produce regular radio programs focused on educating our community on various aspects of the journey from poverty to prosperity A constant flow of communication will be maintained between project partners and implementors and community members who are supposed to benefit from the project through very regular participatory meetings and community representation in various aspects of project decision making Click
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  • Oct 23 pathways to prosperity

    1. 1. Pathways to Prosperity Program Presented by United Indians of All Tribes Foundation Initial funding provided by the Northwest Area Foundation
    2. 2. Principle Partners <ul><li>United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Native American Community of Seattle </li></ul><ul><li>Northwest Area Foundation </li></ul>
    3. 3. United Indians of All Tribes Foundation <ul><li>Founded by Bernie Whitebear and supporters in 1972 </li></ul><ul><li>30+ year history of serving the social, economic, educational and cultural needs of Native Americans in the Puget Sound region </li></ul><ul><li>Project implementer and convener of coalition </li></ul>
    4. 4. Northwest Area Foundation <ul><li>A grant-making Foundation founded in 1934 </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on long-term poverty reduction in the Northwest </li></ul><ul><li>Launched an Urban Native American poverty reduction initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Awarded United Indians of All Tribes Foundation a two-year initial grant </li></ul>
    5. 5. To assist our Native Community in the journey from poverty to well-being Program Goal
    6. 6. First Steps: Shelangen Coalition <ul><li>“ Shelangen ” (means “together” in Coast Salish) </li></ul><ul><li>300 Native Americans participated </li></ul><ul><li>Analyzed root causes of poverty and searched for solutions </li></ul><ul><li>2,000 Native American individuals and many families surveyed and interviewed </li></ul>
    7. 7. Critical Challenges facing the Seattle Native American Community <ul><li>30% live below the poverty line </li></ul><ul><li>Highest level of homelessness of any group </li></ul><ul><li>Real unemployment levels are near 25% </li></ul>
    8. 8. <ul><li>Highest levels of: </li></ul><ul><li>infant mortality rate </li></ul><ul><li>diabetes, heart disease and cancer </li></ul><ul><li>addictions and chronic mental health issues </li></ul><ul><li>disabilities </li></ul>Critical Challenges facing the Seattle Native American Community
    9. 9. Origins of the Model The Pathway to Prosperity Program is based on 40 years of field experimentation and consultation with Indigenous communities and development thinkers across North America and beyond.
    10. 10. Origins of the Model <ul><li>In Seattle through the work of United Indians beginning in 1974 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Input Process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>100 Families Project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continuous experimentation in community program development </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. Origins of the Model <ul><li>Across North America and worldwide through the work of Four Worlds International </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hundreds of Indigenous communities engaged since 1982 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Models and principles developed and synthesized through continuous cycles of action and reflection </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Indigenous Elders, spiritual and community leaders consulted </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Numerous research studies and publications produced </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. What is poverty? Poverty is not simply “a lack of jobs or income”, but rather “a web of interwoven problems—poor schooling, bad health, family troubles, racism, crime and unemployment—that can lock families out of opportunity, permanently”. Joan Walsh “Stories of Community Building and the Future of Urban America”
    13. 13. The Tree of Poverty has many roots
    14. 14. What Determines Poverty? <ul><li>Poor health </li></ul><ul><li>2. Weak cultural and spiritual identity </li></ul><ul><li>3. Unmet basic needs </li></ul><ul><li>4. Lack of basic safety and security </li></ul><ul><li>5. Fractured social networks </li></ul>
    15. 15. What Determines Poverty? <ul><li>6. Poor education </li></ul><ul><li>7. Unemployment/low wages </li></ul><ul><li>8. Poor access to social services </li></ul><ul><li>Racism and discrimination in society </li></ul><ul><li>10. Ineffective public policy </li></ul>
    16. 16. Summary of Determinants of Poverty Determinants of Poverty Weakened Cultural & Spiritual Identity Unmet Basic Needs Lack of Personal Safety & Security Fractured Social Cohesion Low Levels of Education & Training Low Income & Lack of Access to Economic Development Opportunitie s Racism & Discriminatory Public Practices Ineffective Public Policy & Programmatic Initiatives Lack of access to Appropriate & Adequate Social Services Poor Physical, Mental & Emotional Health
    17. 17. Our Primary Strategy <ul><li>Transform the </li></ul><ul><li>Determinants of Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>into the </li></ul><ul><li>Determinants of Well-being </li></ul>
    18. 18. Determinants of Well-being Poor health Vibrant health Weak cultural and spiritual identity Strong cultural and spiritual identity Unmet basic needs Basic needs fulfilled Lack of basic safety and security Personal safety and security Fractured social networks Strong social networks
    19. 19. Determinants of Well-being Poor education Appropriate education and training Unemployment/low wages Adequate income opportunities Poor access to social services Appropriate and adequate social services Racism and discrimination in society A societal climate that appreciates diversity and fosters inclusion Ineffective public policy Effective public policy
    20. 20. Pathway to Prosperity Four Strategic Elements <ul><li>Address the Determinants of Poverty </li></ul><ul><li>Use a wholistic, systems approach </li></ul><ul><li>3. Working from principle </li></ul><ul><li>4. Start small before scaling up </li></ul>
    21. 21. Pathways to Prosperity Program <ul><li>A comprehensive web of opportunities that form a pathway </li></ul>
    22. 22. The Journey What do people need to make the journey from chronic poverty and dependency to sustainable well-being and prosperity? Poverty Prosperity jobs skills culture help healing connect ? support
    23. 23. Nine Lines of Action for Promoting Prosperity and Wellbeing
    24. 24. – 1 – Education and Training Day Break Star College United Indians Headstart and Early Headstart Literacy Family Strengthening Early childhood development Community Development Wellness Employment skills Leadership Development Cultural Foundations Entrepreneurial Development Job Readiness Strengthening Community Institutions And Programs Parenting Education Life Skills GED
    25. 25. – 2 – Health and Wellness <ul><li>Healing and recovery from the impacts of trauma </li></ul><ul><li>Addiction recovery </li></ul><ul><li>Personal growth </li></ul><ul><li>Access to health services </li></ul><ul><li>Community action for health </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing public policy </li></ul>
    26. 26. – 3 – Cultural and Spiritual Revitalization Elders Council Drawing on Cultural Leaders Cultural Research Culturally based education and training Applying Cultural Knowledge to Development Problems Cultural events and gatherings Cultural based enterprises Culture
    27. 27. – 4 – Community Building Community involvement in program governance Community Learning and Planning Community based Research and Evaluation Community Engagement in Strategic Action
    28. 28. – 4 – Community Building <ul><li>Specifically: </li></ul><ul><li>Bernie Whitebear Center for Human and Community Development </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly gatherings for evaluation, learning and planning </li></ul><ul><li>Community core groups </li></ul><ul><li>Community learning processes </li></ul><ul><li>Community based enterprises </li></ul>
    29. 29. – 5 – Offering a “hand-up” and “bridge-building” <ul><li>Targeted small scale help to families already engaged in the journey </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Eg., a bus pass, help with groceries until month end, child care emergencies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Access to micro-loans </li></ul><ul><li>Access to affordable housing </li></ul><ul><li>One stop shopping and connection to support and opportunities </li></ul>
    30. 30. – 6 – Community Economic Development <ul><li>Building individual and community capacity for economic success </li></ul><ul><li>Job placement and support </li></ul><ul><li>Small business incubation and support </li></ul><ul><li>Social enterprise initiative </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teepee Camp </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Salmon Bake Center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northwest Canoe House </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Capitalization of Native community business development </li></ul>Goal: establish a Native American Community Economic Development Corporation
    31. 31. – 7 – Partnership Building <ul><li>Circle of partners to be established to ensure all needed services are available </li></ul><ul><li>Special focus on partnerships with other minorities, organizations and groups working on poverty issues </li></ul>
    32. 32. – 8 – Strategic Communication <ul><li>Using media for education and community development </li></ul><ul><li>Community participation to ensure strong community voice </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic dialogue between partners </li></ul><ul><li>4. Communicate lessons learned to wider world, funders, and other communities </li></ul>
    33. 33. – 9 – Public Policy Engagement <ul><li>Policy research relevant to poverty alleviation </li></ul><ul><li>Systematic outreach to public policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on influence through constructive dialogue </li></ul>
    34. 34. Pathway to Prosperity Program <ul><li>More than a 2 year project, it’s a 10 to 20 year journey </li></ul><ul><li>All the component strategies linked to the Determinants of Poverty. All are necessary. It won’t work to do some parts but not others. </li></ul>
    35. 35. <ul><li>The heart and soul of the Pathways to Prosperity Program is building capacity for sustainable well-being and prosperity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Families </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Networks and partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Decision makers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Funders </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allies </li></ul></ul>Pathway to Prosperity Program
    36. 36. Pathway to Prosperity Program <ul><li>More than a technical project, also a spiritual journey. </li></ul><ul><li>No unity, no development </li></ul>d
    37. 37. FOR MORE INFORMATION: www.unitedindians.org email: prosperity@unitedindians.org 206.285.4425 P.O. Box 99100 Seattle, WA 98139 www.fwii.net
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