Collaborate with other community volunteers and professionals as you build your understanding of intergenerational poverty and explore ways in which each of us can inspire change.
After five years we’ll be taking time in the upcoming months to chart our next steps. At this time, the February training sessions are the last we plan to offer. We encourage you to take this opportunity to send staff or volunteers who have not yet participated in the training.
National Bridges Out of Poverty Trainer and author of “Tactical Communication: Law enforcement tools for successful encounters with people from poverty, middle class, and wealth,” “Jodi's Stories: A Companion Piece to Bridges Out of Poverty” (DVD), and “Intersections of Poverty and the Isms” (DVD).
Bridges Out of Poverty is a training model that focuses on providing participants with information about intergenerational poverty, community collaboration, and ways organizations (businesses, nonprofits, schools, and government) can better assist children, adults, and families experiencing poverty.
From caseworkers to business managers, nonprofit executives to teachers, government workers to university employees, nonprofit board members to community volunteers, more than 1,000 community members have participated in the free training in Northern Colorado.
Bridges training starts with introspection — asking each of us to identify the paradigms and mental models that drive our daily decisions, thoughts, and actions. Were we raised in middle class households or in households experiencing generational poverty? Did we experience a world tailored to us given our race, class, gender, or abilities, or were we continually adapting to environments we found hard to understand? Bridges training teaches us that these experiences matter, often informing the very assumptions that may interfere with our effectiveness as we seek to lend a helping hand.