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"Bridges Out of Poverty"
"Getting Ahead In a Just Getting By World"

Sponsor: Prosper Waco

GOAL: To become a Certified Trainer & Facilitator

Training Description:

This training is a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty from the individual to a systems level. Bridges Out of Poverty uses the lens of economic class and provides concrete tools for a community to prevent and reduce poverty.
This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals to gain insight and workable strategies for immediate utilization.

Getting Ahead In a Just Getting By World is a program that supports people in poverty to create their own plan for stability. It embeds the concepts of Bridges into a co-investigated format with trained facilitators. Waco is offering this powerful program to the community. Veteran facilitators will offer insights and strategies on how to run a high-quality program for groups and organizations.



May 14-17 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Providence Hospital
6901 Medical Parkway

COST: $1,065.00 PER PERSON (Includes materials, parking, lunch, and snacks)

Checks should be made payable to:

Waco Independent School District

Mail to: Patricia Ervin
City Secretary
P. O. Box 2570
Waco, TX 76702-2570

Registration Deadline: May 3, 2013


Pre-Requisite :

A full day Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop or A Framework for Understanding Workshop. If you have not had either training:

A FREE Bridges information and pre-requisite overview will be held on April 23 and April 24th. You MUST plan to attend ONE of the 3 hour sessions:

8:30-11:30—April 23, 2013
1:00-4:00- April 23, 2013
8:30-11:30—April 24, 2013
1:00-4:00—April 24, 2013

LOCATION (Overview & Information Sessions):

First Presbyterian Church—1100 Austin—Waco, Texas

To reserve your slot at one of the overview sessions, please contact: Dr. Rita Pierson: 254-710-9255.

What is Trainer Certification?

Trainer certification provides the knowledge and skills to train administrators, managers, front-line staff and employees to improve skills and outcomes when working with people in poverty. By enhancing the staff's skills, rethinking theories of change, redesigning programs, procedures and policies for greater effectiveness, and examining policies and procedures that either facilitate or inhibit efforts to "move clients", the goals of businesses or organizations will be met at a faster pace.

What happens during the training?

The certification is a four day event. In the first day, attendees will receive an overview of Bridges core constructs. The following two days attendees will examine the impact of poverty from a community lens, individual lens, and institutional lens and learn how to apply the strategies and constructs in each environment. Day four is devoted to learning how to facilitate Getting Ahead for individuals who want to plan their own economic and personal future stories.

This training is limited to 65 participants.

Registration Form

Trainer Agreement


Mail payment to: Patricia Ervin, City Secretary, P. O. Box 2570, Waco, TX 76702-2570.

For additional information, contact Dr. Rita Pierson: 254 710-9255.


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