February 17, 2012

We Educate.We EDUCATE and ADVOCATE to raise aware­ness of com­plex issues sur­round­ing poverty. 

We train groups and orga­ni­za­tions, empow­er­ing them with tools to more effec­tively address poli­cies and ser­vices 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 have two options for train­ing: Poverty Aware­ness Train­ing and the Com­mu­nity Action Poverty Simulation.

Poverty Awareness TrainingPoverty Aware­ness Train­ing edu­cates orga­ni­za­tions, edu­ca­tors and pol­i­cy­mak­ers who work directly with or have an impact on peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. Poverty Aware­ness Train­ing gives par­tic­i­pants tools and strate­gies to more effec­tively work with peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. The exer­cises, activ­i­ties, and con­tent of the train­ing are cus­tomized to meet your organization’s objec­tives. Some exam­ples of train­ing objec­tives include: under­stand the con­text of poverty through the lens of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty; explore demo­graph­ics, trends and assump­tions about the local com­mu­nity and inval­i­date com­mon beliefs about poverty; and learn com­mu­ni­ca­tion strate­gies to more effec­tively work with peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

Poverty SimulationThe Com­mu­nity Action Poverty Sim­u­la­tion is a hands-on expe­ri­ence to under­stand­ing the real­i­ties of poverty. Dur­ing the sim­u­la­tion, par­tic­i­pants play the role of an indi­vid­ual expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. They nav­i­gate the poverty expe­ri­ence with other par­tic­i­pants as fam­ily mem­bers, using what­ever resources they have to pay their rent and util­i­ties, eat, work, go to school, and seek com­mu­nity resources. Par­tic­i­pants expe­ri­ence poverty on a per­sonal level, inti­mately learn­ing about the per­sonal strug­gles that are asso­ci­ated with poverty. After expe­ri­enc­ing the sim­u­la­tion, par­tic­i­pants are often inspired to action.

Among our train­ing par­tic­i­pants, 92% state that there is a need for edu­ca­tion on the real­i­ties of poverty. They pro­vide this input after receiv­ing train­ing, demon­strat­ing the impor­tance of the edu­ca­tion they just received. 

We can offer Con­tin­u­ing Edu­ca­tion Units (C.E.U.‘s) for our train­ing, and our edu­ca­tional options may meet your organization’s diver­sity train­ing requirements.

After train­ing, par­tic­i­pants take ACTION.

• 80% of train­ing par­tic­i­pants plan to apply the learned prin­ci­ples to every­day inter­ac­tions with peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

• 70% plan to advo­cate to improve the lives of peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty.

• 42% plan to vol­un­teer at a local orga­ni­za­tion that works with peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty

• 83% of train­ing par­tic­i­pants stated that they would con­sider chang­ing the way they inter­act with peo­ple expe­ri­enc­ing poverty. “I will try not be so judg­men­tal and per­haps learn more about becom­ing a men­tor or advocate.”


Train­ing par­tic­i­pant quotes and testimonials:

Poverty does not devalue a per­son — we all need to be shown respect.”

Peo­ple should under­stand what its like so they do not judge or assume incorrectly.”

I have strong con­nec­tions with human ser­vices locally, and I was still very igno­rant of the real­i­ties of poverty.”

With­out knowl­edge of what is affect­ing peo­ple, we can’t change the realities.”

Most peo­ple don’t know what poverty feels like, or how easy it is to be in poverty.”

Everyone’s sit­u­a­tion is unique and we all need to work to find ways to help them in a pro­duc­tive way.”

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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)