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We facilitate Poverty Awareness Training to educate groups and organizations across Oregon about the poverty experience. As a result, organizations can improve their understanding of what poverty looks and feels like, and strategize improvements to services, policies and interactions with people experiencing poverty.
As a result, the stigma of poverty will be reduced, and services can be improved to more efficiently address both the human side and the service side of the impacts of poverty.
CoActive Connections promotes the awareness of the realities of poverty through education and community advocacy.
No one will be treated differently because of their economic status.
We were founded in 2010 to give organizations the tools to better understand the context and perspective from which people experiencing poverty live. As a result, decisions, services and policies can more effectively address and reduce poverty in our community. We also work to reduce the stigma that surrounds poverty so that people experiencing poverty will be treated with the same dignity and respect as others with different economic statuses. Judgments about the poverty experience can limit the true potential of people experiencing poverty, thus reducing community capital.
Learn about our poverty training options below to help improve your understanding of poverty, and strategize next steps to improve your services, policies and interactions with people experiencing poverty.
Training Description: What is poverty, and how does it impact lives and communities? Learn about common poverty myths and understand the daily realities that someone faces when experiencing poverty. Explore barriers and challenges faced by individuals experiencing poverty, and use that knowledge to start thinking about how to apply this to your work and interactions with people experiencing poverty. The workshop includes experiential activities and active discussion. Learn more.
Training Description: “Walk a mile” in the shoes of someone experiencing poverty through a simulation, one of the most effective ways to learn. You will also explore local poverty-related demographics, trends, and assumptions. There is an opportunity to debrief and reflect upon the poverty simulation experience and discuss potential actions related to supporting individuals and families living in poverty. Learn more.
Training Description: Work together with your colleagues to identify and build strategies to outline improvements to workplace policies, services and interactions with people experiencing poverty. Learn about community resources addressing poverty, including strengths and limitations. The training includes experiential activities and active discussion. NOTE: Understanding Poverty or Poverty Simulation are a prerequisite for this training. Learn more.
We work to engage the community in looking at poverty in a new way, bringing the individual experience to promote better understanding of the poverty experience. We do this by giving voice to people through focus groups and interviews, and using multimedia and social networking to educate the community and reduce the stigma surrounding poverty.