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February 5, 2016

Poverty Training CoActivePoverty affects all of us — not just the peo­ple directly expe­ri­enc­ing it.

As an edu­ca­tor, health­care provider, pol­i­cy­maker, ser­vice provider or com­mu­nity mem­ber, you are in a unique posi­tion to affect poverty in your com­mu­nity. You have an impact on the lives of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty, and our train­ing can give you tools to improve com­mu­ni­ca­tions and strate­gi­cally think about your ser­vices and poli­cies to improve out­comes for peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

Get trained today with one of our poverty train­ing options so you can ade­quately address this need. 

We train groups and orga­ni­za­tions, empow­er­ing them with tools to more effec­tively address poli­cies, ser­vices, and inter­ac­tions sur­round­ing issues of poverty. CoAc­tive Con­nec­tions believes that by gain­ing a deeper under­stand­ing of the unique needs of peo­ple you inter­act with, you will have more tools to accom­plish your goals.

We facil­i­tate using an inter­ac­tive approach and inte­grate authen­tic sto­ry­telling from both train­ers and peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty (gath­ered from focus groups and inter­views). Our train­ing activ­i­ties are part of a pro­fes­sion­ally designed cur­ricu­lum to ensure qual­ity and impact, and the poverty sim­u­la­tion cur­ricu­lum is made avail­able to us through the Mis­souri Asso­ci­a­tion for Com­mu­nity Action

We bring our train­ing directly to your group or orga­ni­za­tion, and occa­sion­ally offer train­ing open to the pub­lic for reg­is­tra­tion. Check out our blog to stay up to date on our lat­est train­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties! If you are curi­ous to learn more about our impact, check out who we have trained, tes­ti­mo­ni­als, and what we accom­plished in 2015.

Workshop/Training Options:

Under­stand­ing 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.

Poverty Sim­u­la­tion

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.

Address­ing Poverty

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.

Which train­ing is right for me?

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)