2012 -2013 Program
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April 17, 2013
It Actually Does Take a Village to End Poverty

Debra Whitehead, Rocky Mountain Human Services , Boulder County Circles Campaign
Kara Edin, Project Coach, Boulder County Circles Campaign, Community Action Programs
TBA, Boulder County Circle Leader

Interface Host: Stephanie Bryan

About the Presentation:
The presenters will share a few valuable tidbits about the diversity of economic class, especially about situational and generational poverty. This “crash course” on Bridges Out of Poverty (ref: Ruby Payne, Phil DeVol from aha! Process) and Boulder County Circles Campaign will provide you with precious insights that can make an enormous difference in working with people or families who are experiencing the daily instability that living in poverty creates. Additionally, we will discuss the national breakthrough work taking place through the Boulder County Circles Campaign and we'll hear from someone who is benefiting from it; a process that assists in helping people in Boulder County get out of poverty, one family at a time.
About the Presenters:
Debra Whitehead speaks around the country helping people in organizations work more effectively together by sharing her expertise in education, training, organizational development, and human resources.  Licensed through aha! Process as a presenter of Bridges Out of Poverty, Debra collaborates with others to create stable, sustainable communities in Boulder and NE Denver.  Her early career experience as a special education teacher with troubled youth and a human resources manager in corporate manufacturing continues to inform her work as a trainer and consultant from Rocky Mountain Human Services (formally Denver Options, Inc.).  Debra works with communities, nonprofits, for profit organizations and even NASA on occasion.  She has two daughters, one at CU and the other in high school.
Kara Edin is Program Coach for the Boulder County Circles Campaign, working with low-income families who are on their way, sustainably, out of poverty. She is a certified Bridges Out Of Poverty Trainer. Kara has been with Boulder County Community Action Programs, the lead agency for Circles, for over eleven years, coordinating a speaker’s bureau on poverty issues, a Latina lifeskills program at five different middle and high schools in Boulder County, and co-chairing an annual Hmong Statewide Education Conference.  Ms. Edin has chaired the Diversity Leadership Team, been on the Circle of Directors for Vox Feminista, was on the national steering committee for the World Women’s Congress for a Healthy Planet, and been a member of the Boulder Valley Multi-Ethnic Action Committee and the Caesar Chavez planning committee for two years.  Before joining Community Action Programs, Kara coordinated the Family Literacy program for four years.  Ms. Edin has a BA in Psychology and is the mother of two adult daughters.

Debra and Kara will be joined by one of Boulder County’s Circle Leaders who is benefiting from the Circles Campaign and working to get out of poverty.

Additional Resources:

Contact Debra at [email protected], 303.349.1416

Contact Kara at [email protected], 303.441.3977

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