Bridges Out of Poverty
About Bridges Out of Poverty
Bridges Out of Poverty is a strength-based approach to working with people living in poverty, either generational or situational. It explains how to avoid the “fix-it” approach to working with people in poverty and focus on the building of resources at individual, organizational and community levels.
Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop Facilitator Training
If your organization works with people living in poverty, only a deeper understanding of their challenges — and strengths — will help you partner with them to create opportunities for success. At this 3-hour workshop, participants will:
- Understand a new definition of poverty and the resources clients need to move beyond the margins
- Develop an understanding of the mental models of class
- Become more aware of research on the causes of poverty
- Understand some hidden rules of poverty vs. middle class
- Begin thinking about how to apply Bridges concepts within their organization
Jane is the Executive Director of Project READ Literacy Network and has been in the literacy field for almost 30 years in a variety of sectors and positions. She has diverse experience and skills in literacy from facilitation to assessment to consultant work, project management and research. Jane has been a certified Bridges Out of Poverty facilitator since 2011 and a certified Getting Ahead facilitator since 2014.
Getting Ahead in the Workplace Facilitator Training
What is the “Getting Ahead in the Workplace” program?
A “kitchen table learning experience” for individuals living in poverty where learners explore:
- How the conditions in a person’s home, community and work impact them
- The skills that give people the confidence to do what it takes to get ahead
- How to build resources, relationships and connections
- Ways to deal with change and create stability
Facilitator Training includes:
- The concepts of the Getting Ahead program
- How the program is set out, and options for facilitating it as a team
- Different ways to present Getting Ahead information
- The Canadianized version of various articles/concepts/financials
- A copy of the Getting Ahead in the Workplace Workbook
Note: to lay the groundwork for the successful completion of Getting Ahead in the Workplace Facilitator Training, participants should first attend Bridges out of Poverty Training.