Phoenixville Bridges is our local version of the national model, Bridges Out of Poverty and, even during the pandemic, has continued to offer workshops. This school year, our Chester County trainers including our beloved Mayor, Peter, trained 100 Phoenixville Area School District staff last Fall. Dr. Fegley plans to have all 600 employees attend a workshop.
Not sure what Bridges Out of Poverty is? It’s an innovative framework for addressing poverty in a comprehensive, collaborative way that is unique for each community. The goal is to prevent and eliminate local poverty. The concept helps create a network of people from every sector of the community to better understand economic class in our own neighborhoods. Bridges Out of Poverty challenges our collective understanding of poverty and changes practices at the individual, institutional, and community levels by creating a shared language of poverty.
Want to know more? Collaborating with the Chester County Coalition comprised of Bridges trainers throughout the county, virtual Phoenixville Bridges sessions are being held to continue the conversation. To learn more about Bridges Out of Poverty or attend a workshop, please contact Yvette Blanding, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Melinda Izzo, email@example.com, for more information.