Bridges Out of Poverty: Free MI Community Session

  • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Online via Zoom (MI Residents)
  • 0


Bridges Out of Poverty Workshop - aha! Process

What is Bridges Out of Poverty?

"Bridges Out of Poverty is a powerful tool designed specifically for social, health, and legal services professionals. It reaches out to the millions of service providers and businesses whose daily work connects them with the lives of people in poverty." (Aha Process)

Bridges is not a program. It is a research-based framework of concepts, tools, and resources that equip people to reconsider how they approach their clients, their constituents, their neighbors, and their community.

To comprehensively address the issue of poverty, we must look at it through three lenses: Individual, Institutional, and Community. This Triple Lens approach provides a comprehensive perspective on how we as individuals, organizations, and communities can eliminate poverty.

Session Content 

This 4-hour overview seminar aims to help you think critically about your role to comprehensively address poverty. Its emphasis will be on the lens of the Individual and will introduce the following content:

  • Key Points and Constructs of Bridges
  • Mental Models of Economic Class
  • Hidden Rules
  • Resources

Bridges Out of Poverty is large framework, rich with resources and an amazing depth of content.  It takes a great deal of time to fully cover all of that material through the Triple Lens approach. The greatest level of change happens with the multi-day and full-day sessions. We know, however, that it’s simply not possible for many people to spend a full day in a workshop.  We therefore offer this 4-hour session that condenses the Bridges material to an overview of its most critical elements. *This session will not be recorded and shared, you must attend in order to gain the important insight into the Bridges Out of Poverty program.

Designed for -

Brought to you in Partnership with Jackson County United Way for Michigan residents and surrounding areas. This session is appropriate and relevant for anyone who has an interest in Bridges Out of Poverty learning. It will primarily focus on the Individual Lens and will motivate attendants to pursue Institutional and Community changes as well.

A common outcome of this session is attendants bringing their learning back to their organization and advocating for a full or multi-day training. The full day learning allows time to sufficiently explore the "Triple Lens approach" and bring about the changes that need to happen now.


Testimonials - What did you like most about this session?

"Eye-opening awareness of what's lacking in our own community."

"Wow, I have middle-class bias I was not even aware of even though I'm one paycheck away from poverty myself."

"Made me think of all the ways I could help my community."

"Katena is fabulous, she really raises awareness and created new thoughts."

"The group-work sessions and collaboration!"

"The passion and personal experiences of the presenter."

"The global situations brought home using local statistics."

"The suggestions of changes that can be made, even small one's in the work-place to better serve the community and individuals we're hoping to assist."


**Bridges Out of Poverty Session Two: Strategies to Move this Work Forward in your Organization  - October 5th, 2021 9 am - 12 pm

Bridges Certified Facilitator

Katena Cain, PhD
Nonprofit Management Consultant

Katena loves to engage her audience. She has facilitated hundreds of workshops and easily connects with each participant.  She uses cognitive questions to help people customize information and then connect that information to their specific circumstances. People appreciate how approachable and relatable Katena is and how she creates comfortable spaces for honest conversation and impactful discussions. Read more about Katena HERE


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