Bridges Community Workshop

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Bridges Community Workshop
Wednesday, October 28 2020; 8:30am – 3:30pm 
This will be a Live Online event!

The Bridges Empowering Boone & Winnebago Counties Steering Committee invites you to attend the Bridges Out of Poverty Community Workshop. Click here to view our Video Invitation

Reducing the social costs of poverty, strengthening the workforce, and building a more prosperous and sustainable community are goals on which most communities agree. aha! Process’s Bridges Out of Poverty workshops help employers, community organizations, social service agencies, and individuals address and reduce poverty in a comprehensive way. Bridges brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

Participants will learn more about:
Language experience, cognitive issues, and barriers to change
How to use mental models to communicate effectively
Skills of mediation
Relationship building and mentoring

Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes, the Workshop also introduces strategies for changing program designs, policies, and procedures.

This training assists employers, community organizations, social service agencies, faith leaders, and individuals gain insight on the complexities of poverty and strategies for thier respective work.  All levels of staff are encouraged to attend including leadership, management, and case managers. 

Our community's goal of the Workshop is to begin to build a comprehensive community-wide approach to reducing poverty and to create a structure to support and maintain our long term Bridges Out of Poverty initiative. 

Presenter: Terie Dreussi-Smith, M.A.Ed. has been an author/consultant with aha! Process since 1997 and is experienced in bringing diverse audiences to new understandings and paradigms with practical knowledge, humor, and sincerity. Terie has years of both direct and midlevel management experience working with youth and adults in poverty. Her areas of expertise are health and wellness initiatives, K–12 education, higher education, alcohol and other drug prevention, community youth development, and community wellness. 

To Register, click here:
he registration fee is $20.00; if you are in need of a scholarship to participate, please contact Mary Cacioppi at

For additional information on the Bridges Empowering Boone/Winnebago County initiative, click here:

This event is sponsored by: City of Belvidere; Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, Dr. Louis & Violet Rubin Fund; Crusader Clinic; Gorman & Company; and Winnbeago County.  

For Sponsorship Opportunities, click here.