The Bucks County Opportunity Council, in partnership with William Penn Bank Community Foundation and First National Bank of Newtown, is offering a virtual Bridges Out of Poverty Training, Friday, Oct. 15, via Zoom.
These training opportunities are available to anyone (in businesses, places of worship, agencies, nonprofits, volunteers) who works with people in poverty and is interested in understanding their challenges and strengths in order to best serve them.
Tammy B. Schoonover, a licensed social worker and chief program officer at BCOC, leads the workshops. Schoonover is a Bridges Certified Instructor through aha! Process, Inc., a Ruby Payne Company.
Bridges Out of Poverty trainings takes a comprehensive approach to understanding the dynamics that cause and maintain poverty. The focus of these trainings is to provide a broad overview of concepts as well as concrete, practical tools and strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty.
Participants learn how economic class and its hidden rules affect behaviors and mindsets; what key resources, besides financial, help move a person out of poverty if they chose; and the importance of language and communication skills. Poverty research, the theory of change and how to engage the unique strengths of people in poverty also will be discussed.
To learn more about BCOC trainings, visit bcoc.org.