• Montpelier event will tackle poverty
    January 28,2014

    Staff Report

    MONTPELIER — The Snelling Center for Government will host a full-day event focused on poverty Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, beginning at 9 a.m.

    Martha Maksym, executive director of United Way of Chittenden County and a graduate of the Snelling center’s Vermont Leadership Institute class of 2002, will moderate a panel at 9 a.m. The panel includes Hal Cohen, executive director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, Doug Racine, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Human Services, and Paij Wadley-Bailey, executive director of the Vermont Anti-Racism Task Force. The group will discuss poverty in Vermont, how it is defined, who it affects, how we can alleviate it, and more.

    After the panel, Prudence Pease, also a member of the VLI class of 2002, will facilitate “Bridges Out of Poverty,” a workshop based on the work of Ruby Paine, founder of the aha! Process Inc. and author of “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.” Participants will explore poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language.

    Poverty is a complex issue that touches on other sensitive topics including classism, sexism and racism. The Snelling Center says it is offering this opportunity to be curious, courageous and collaborative in efforts to understand and alleviate poverty.
    The $110 fee includes lunch and Paine’s workbook.

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