Launch of new One-to-One program starts the clock to reduce child poverty

The Child Poverty Collaborative on Tuesday, September 19th introduced the 28 local agencies that will start working with families immediately to reduce Cincinnati’s child poverty rate.

The group’s ambitious goal is to help 10,000 children and 5,000 families lift themselves out of poverty in the next five years. And with Tuesday’s launch of the One-to-One Learning Collaborative, the clock starts now, said Ross Meyer, vice president for community impact at United Way of Greater Cincinnati.

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Cincinnati.com: ‘It’s about community’: Leaders, workers and youth tackle poverty at local summit.

Attendees at the Child Poverty Collaborative’s Community Summit addressed a wide-range of issues, including inadequate transportation systems, lack of employment opportunities, limited access to child care, and recidivism. 

They also talked about the importance of family planning, a strong household structure, and an atmosphere of love, resilience and hope. “This is a collaborative effort, “said Courtis Fuller, an anchor on Channel 5 WLWT-T, and the event’s emcee. 

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WCPO: COLUMN: Child Poverty Collaborative’s community summit shows how many care about families in need.

More than 600 people gathered on June 25, 2016 for nearly four hours for the Child Poverty Collaborative’s first Community Summit.  "My interest is in finding out what I can do to help with the solution to ending childhood poverty," participant Myla Perry said. "This is a city of wealth. We shouldn't be a city of poverty."

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Cincinnati.com: Over 650 expected at child poverty summit

On June 25, 2016 over 600 people are expected at Xavier University’s Cintas Center for a community summit.  “We are going to have opportunities to learn, to share ideas and to critique,“ Lynn Marmer, executive director of the Child Poverty Collaborative, said.  “We want to build a clear picture of what poverty looks like in our city, the inner relationships that exist, what kind of barriers there are, and what our aspirations are for the future."

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To solve our child poverty problem, we have to be ready to fight. And that’s OK

The Child Poverty Collaborative organized an event with Adam Kahane, international social change expert, who said "The most important trap not to fall into is the idea that a situation like this can be understood and worked on from outside and above. It can't be. It won't work.

And only if you work in a way that involves the people who are involved — and the way they understand the situation and the way they understand it can be addressed — is it possible to move forward. Otherwise you'll get stuck and you'll replicate the top-down, expert, patriarchal way of doing things, which got us in the mess we're in."

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