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2017 Poverty Matters! Conference – WISCAP

Wisconsin Community Action Program Association

2017 Poverty Matters Conference

September 13-14 in Stevens Point, WI

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Sponsor and exhibitor information

Poverty Matters! is CEU Accredited

Conference Overview

This conference–organized by the Wisconsin Community Action Program Association– serves as a forum to address poverty in Wisconsin and to assist attendees in pursuing the goal of economic self-sufficiency for Wisconsin’s low-income households.  Participants will have the opportunity to discuss innovative ideas, identify new and continuing successful strategies and help build a stronger connection between communities and low-income households.  ‘Poverty Matters!’ brings together human service professionals, community leaders, state officials, low-income advocates, educators, and low-income individuals to discuss the causes of, and solutions to, poverty.

Conference schedule

Plenary Sessions


Five tracks of workshops will occur simultaneously throughout the conference – workshop descriptionspresenter bios:

  1. Transforming Lives
  2. Strong Organizations
  3. Challenges and Opportunities in Poverty Policy
  4. Addressing Disparities in Our Communities
  5. Effective Anti-Poverty Advocacy

Wednesday, September 13

  • Reducing Poverty by Preventing Unplanned Pregnancies: Promoting Long-acting Reversible Contraceptives in WI
  • How to Start and Build a Direct Mail Fundraising Campaign
  • Policy about Poverty in WI
  • Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Educating Policymakers About Poverty Issues in Your Community
  • Eviction Defense – Stabilizing Housing for Low Income Tenants
    Public-Private Partnerships: Breaking Barriers
  • What Does Continuous Improvement have to do with Reducing Poverty?
  • Solar Solutions to Energy Poverty
  • Using Advocacy to Achieve Local Goals
  • How can we Help? A New Service Delivery model for Youth Aging out of Foster Care
  • How to Conduct Effective and Meaningful Intake Interviews
  • An Overview of Current Developments in Hunger Policy
  • Combating Stigma: Court Records, Criminal Records & the Struggle for Access to Opportunity
  • Non-Profit Advocacy 101

Thursday, September 14

  • Putting Our Clients Back in the Driver’s Seat (literally!): A Session on Driver License Recovery
  • Evidence and Outcomes: Making Your Case
  • Halving Child Poverty in WI
  • On the Street Where You Live: The Elderly & Disabled
  • Effective Coalition Building!
  • Compassion Fatigue
  • Non-Profit Branding & Social Media
  • Implementing Culturally Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS)
  • Removing Legal Barriers to Economic Stability
  • 5 Tips to Effectively Tell Your Advocacy Story


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