August 15, 2007

History and Philosophy of the War on Poverty Seminars

Have you signed up for one of NCAF's War on Poverty Seminars? These two-and-a-half-day seminars cover the history and philosophy of the war on poverty as a foundation for Community Action in the 21st century.

Some of the topics we’ll explore include:

  • The changing role of government in addressing the needs of the poor from 1929 to 2007,
  • The Ford Foundation and Gray Areas Projects,
  • Kennedy’s plan for poverty,
  • LBJ’s launch of the war on poverty,
  • Community Action in the turbulent 1960s,
  • The mission and purpose of Community Action,
  • The role of Congress and the White House in the Community Action programs and
  • Where Community Action program will be in the next 10 years.

I encourage anyone who is new to Community Action to attend, whether you’re a board member, a volunteer, or a senior staffer. Whether you are looking to start a career path in Community Action, or you are a current Community Action employee who is interested in becoming reenergized about our mission, this seminar is for you!

There are several upcoming seminars for you to choose from:

October 22-24, 2007 ~ CAL/NEVA War on Poverty Workshop

October 29-31, 2007 ~ Indiana War on Poverty Workshop

November 7-9, 2007 ~ Salt Lake City, Utah

May 14-16, 2008 ~ St. Petersburg, Florida

For more information on hosting a workshop in your area, please contact Kellie Baker or Sheri Penzari.

I look forward to seeing you at a workshop near you!

-- David Bradley, NCAF Executive Director, Washington, D.C.

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