According to the Census Bureau’s American Community
survey, nearly half of all children in Cincinnati and one in five children in the Tristate live below the federal poverty line.
“That is simply unacceptable,” Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley says. “We are deeply and passionately committed to tackling this head on, to bringing together diverging opinions, stakeholders, organizations and communities so that we can work together in finding solutions.”
The Child Poverty Collaborative of Cincinnati — a diverse group of community leaders and concerned citizens aiming to move 10,000 children and their families out of poverty in the next five years
— is leading the effort, and they’ll hear May 24 from Adam Kahane, an international leader in social change.
Kahane co-facilitated Mont Fleur workshops in South Africa, which were aimed at bringing individuals together despite their different ways of seeing and being, and ultimately helped the community find a way to peacefully transition from apartheid to democracy.
About 250 individuals will be in attendance for the conversation with Kahane, who hopes to inspire our local community to look past their differences for the sake of furthering progress.
“While everyone who will be in that room on May 24 will have different perspectives, what we will all agree on is that this is a very important problem that we must solve in order to strengthen the lives of individuals and families and strengthen our region,” says Donna Jones Baker, President and CEO of the Urban League of Southwestern Ohio. “Adam’s discussion with us will help us move forward together in facilitating collaboration for the betterment of us all.”
Sean Rugless at the Katalyst Group to learn more about childhood poverty and what we can do to diminish it in our region.
• Engage in dialogue about childhood poverty and brainstorm potential solutions.
• Be knowledgeable about childhood poverty in our region and understand its impact.