Engaging Communities to Reduce Poverty and Build Opportunity


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Engaging Communities to Reduce Poverty and Build Opportunity

  1. 1. Engaging Communities to Reduce Poverty and Build Opportunity Julie Keown-Bomar and Nancy Coffey Eau Claire County
  2. 2. Principles and Lessons We Share… Principle #1 Poverty reduction is not a solo act – How can we engage more people in helping people? – Reach key stakeholders? – Engage new audiences? Changemakers Summit Augusta, WI 2008
  3. 3. Examples—Horizons Project The St. James, MN community photo taken at 6 a.m. on July 30, 2008. Part of the Horizons Project. St. James factory workers, high- school students, business people, educators and civic leaders have joined together to grow opportunities for more people
  4. 4. • Iowa Extension works to reduce poverty
  5. 5. Poverty Awareness for Community Engagement • PACE - Cooperative Extension - University of Wisconsin-Extension
  6. 6. Principle #2: Policy and programs are more effective and better informed when citizens from all walks of life help create them • The secret to success of the program, one St. James leader said, has been its focus on a "grass roots, not top-down" approach. Including community members young and old, and from all walks of life, has been key as well. • "It's about getting people together to solve their own issues," she says. "Once you do, magic happens."
  7. 7. Principle #3: Community resources should be made known to all that could use them • Resource directories, warm lines, 2-1-1 • Collaboration • Breaking down the barriers • Staying informed
  8. 8. Principle #4 People will participate if their needs are accommodated, they are acknowledged and listened to • Encouragement and affirmation • Break down the barriers (childcare, time of day, stuffiness, asking for money, etc) • Inclusivity • Relationships Ideas •Language /framework is important •Dialog tools: World Café, sharing experiences, local perspectives •One to one dialogue for relationship building
  9. 9. Success! • What success have you had… – Breaking down barriers? – Building community resources? – Getting people from all walks of life to work together?
  10. 10. Four Solutions for Communities • Increasing awareness and discussion about poverty • Expanding the number of residents in the community helping people who are struggling to make ends meet • Mobilizing toward concrete actions to reduce poverty • Creating policy change strategies to reduce poverty
  11. 11. Developing An Effective Plan • What is the community ready for? • What are the necessary steps? • Who are the necessary partners?
  12. 12. Community Readiness Model •Barbara A. Plested •Ruth W. Edwards •Pamela Jumper- Thurman Visit their Web site at www.TriEthnicCenter.ColoState.EDU.
  13. 13. What Are the Necessary Steps? • Logic Model--flexible
  14. 14. Committed people - unfocused Get Others Involved and Synchronize Efforts!
  15. 15. Committed people - focused Mobilize!
  16. 16. Who Should We Get Involved And How? • Power Mapping – activity • One on One Dialogue To Discover Self- Interest and Passion – activity • People of Low Income • Media
  17. 17. Results in Eau Claire Area • 95% of the participants “felt their voice was heard” during the summit process • 89% indicated the summit worked to engage them in impacting poverty • Concrete tools developed to assist people • More depth and breadth of people working on poverty reduction • Blueprint and action steps developing
  18. 18. El Centro de Conexión de Chippewa Valley •Power mapping •World Café •One on ones •Celebrations Welcome to Public Achievement
  19. 19. Contact Information Julie • Julie.Keown- Bomar@ces.uwex.edu Nancy • Nancy.Coffey@ces.uwex. edu