In addition to the work of the steering committee and the community partners, the work program calls for reaching out to key groups for information about the consequences of poverty and perspectives on ways to reduce the incidence of persistent poverty.
To date, the following learning communities have been identified: Service Providers, Ministers and Employers, Faith Community, and community and neighborhood groups. Specific strategies are being developed to access them over the coming months.
They are referred to as learning communities because they have much to teach us about persistent poverty.
- Learn from other communities how they are addressing poverty
- Learn from the economically stressed
- Learn from existing service providers -- private, non-profit, public, and faith-based
- Learn from neighborhood and community groups
- Learn from employers
- Learn from educators
- Learn from youth
- Learn from university community