Welcome to our Training Information section where you can become familiar with our training held throughout the year and stay updated on the current training schedule.
The Cost of Poverty Experience/COPE is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical low-income family in the U.S. It is a three-hour simulation and debriefing that provides a brief glimpse into what it feels like to walk for a month in the shoes of families trying their best to just survive with incomes between 100% and 200% of the federal poverty level. C.O.P.E. is an invaluable experience for people who, instead of merely talking about poverty as a problem, choose to be part of the solution to end poverty. This training is appropriate for middle school age and older individuals.
COPE has been offered in Central Florida for the past 4 years to over 1500 cross-sector community leaders from law enforcement, higher education, public schools, non-profit organizations, and faith communities.
Please join us for our next COPE:
Date: Wednesday, September 28, 2022
Time: 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s UMC, Founders Hall
Be a part of the solution to reducing poverty in our community!
If you have already gone through COPE, sign up to be a community resource volunteer.
Poverty Solutions Group is licensed to offer COPE throughout the state of Florida.
Virtual Racial Wealth Gap Simulation, October 5, 2022
The Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation is an interactive tool which helps participants learn how federal policies created structural inequalities, and how these policies increase hunger and poverty in communities of color.
The Racial Wealth Gap Simulation will be offered as part of a 3 week workshop for Advocacy. Sign up for Voices for Change
Online Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
October 5 – Racial Wealth Gap
October 12 – Intro on Offering of Letters
October 19 – Child Tax Credit Presentation and Offering of Letters
Co-facilitated by Mariam Mengistie, St. Luke’s Executive Director of Missions and Florence French Fagan, Senior Florida Organizer with Bread for the World.
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This 4-hour virtual Bridges out of Poverty experience (including breaks) will cover mental models of social class, registers of language, the eleven critical resources to thrive, and help participants consider organizational changes that would help individuals and families break the cycle of generational poverty. Participants will become equipped to engage in long-term collaborative initiatives like the Circles Campaign.
Upcoming Date: TBA
Led by nationally certified facilitators through aha! Process, Inc. (www.ahaprocess.com)
Go All In
Participants will cover the “hidden rules” of class (poverty, middle, and wealthy) and help people from all walks of life to better understand and communicate with people from a diversity of backgrounds based on the work of Ruby Payne. Participants will also gain a better understanding of our community transformation vision, how St. Luke’s understands mission from a United Methodist perspective, what the Bible says about poverty, and asset-based development.
This class will meet the requirement for Circles Allies, Family Advocates and others interested in serving in relationship-oriented mission ministries.
Meet Jesus on The Road
Mission Effectiveness 101: Moving Beyond Benevolence
Bob Lupton, the author, has more than 30 years of community transformation experience in Atlanta. He wrote this book with the hope of offering tools and inspiration for the development of healthy, community driven programs that produce deep, measurable, and lasting change – transformative charity that produces community development.
CQ is the capability to function effectively in a variety of cultural contexts—including national, ethnic, organizational, generational, and many other cultures. Enhance the multicultural understanding and effectiveness of your ministry with this only evidence-based assessment of Cultural Intelligence (CQ). This is for anyone wanting to participate in a global ministry team or serving locally in a cross-cultural setting.
Upcoming Event Date: TBA
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