The Lompoc Vandenberg Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) is holding a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Lompoc Public Library’s Grossman Gallery to begin a dialogue about poverty in the Lompoc Valley and how to create a sustainable community.
“Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities” will be facilitated by Dianne Owens, a certified community “Bridges out of Poverty” trainer and longtime AAUW member.
“Bridges out of Poverty” is based on research by Dr. Ruby K. Payne, Philip DeVol and Terie Druessi Smith, and is designed for employers, community organizations, law enforcement, counselors, and health-care and social serviceproviders.
The program is designed to show how the Lompoc community can become a sustainable community using the Bridges concepts, so that individuals from all walks of life can imagine and write their own futures. Learn why relationships are important to people living in generational poverty, for example, and what is important to people living in middle class and wealth.
Topics that will be discussed during this introduction include: increasing awareness of the differences in economic cultures and how these differences affect opportunities for success, the hidden rules among classes, the role of story and language, building an accurate mental model of poverty and developing an action plan to improve services to clients and improving retention rates for new hires from poverty.
Owens, who served on the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors form 1989-1993, was Educational Foundation Programs chairwoman for the national AAUW for two years and has been honored with an International Fellowship in her name that supports the education of international women in a master’s or doctorate program each year.
AAUW is a national organization that promotes equity for women, education, self-development, and positive societal change. Membership is open to men and women who hold an associate degree or higher and have an interest in breaking through barriers facing women and girls.
For more information contact Barbara Bolton, email@example.com.