Exploring our assumptions about poverty


Bohemian Foundation invites you to Bridges Out of Poverty Trainings with nationally renowned trainer, Jodi Pfarr.

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.

Two training opportunities are available:

1. Bridges Out of Poverty 'Day One' Training

  • Date: Thursday, February 18, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Canyon West Ballroom, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins
  • Description: this workshop explores the dynamics of poverty from the individual to the system-level, through the prism of the hidden rules of economic class. The training is designed to assist employers, nonprofit organizations, social service agencies, educators, law enforcement, and volunteers by providing tools and strategies to apply in their respective roles.
  • Who should attend: nonprofit, government, and other professionals in Larimer County who seek to improve outcomes for program participants.
  • No cost to attend.

Register by February 9

2. Advanced Bridges Training: The Intersection of Poverty and the "Isms"

  • Date: Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to Noon (breakfast beginning at 7:30 a.m.)
  • Location: Canyon West Ballroom, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins
  • Description: this workshop further explores models and methods for understanding intergenerational poverty and provides participants an opportunity to share their reflections with colleagues and members of the community. The workshop is designed as the follow on to Bridges Day One Training and addresses ways in which race, gender, age, and other “isms” intersect with poverty.
  • Who should attend: individuals who have attended the Bridges Day One training.
  • No cost to attend.

Register by February 9

Featured Presenter: Jodi Pfarr

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).

If you have any questions about the trainings, please contact Hannah Tinklenberg at 970.224.2636 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

In 2011, Bohemian Foundation began bringing Bridges Out of Poverty training sessions to Northern Colorado.

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.

Participants gain a better understanding of poverty in our community, rethink common assumptions, and explore avenues for change.

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.

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