The different keynote sessions hosted during our SHECP 2020 Summer Internship Program have moved interns and other attendees through different paths of professional engagement. The different conversations have shown how antipoverty strategies and community-based leadership works as a formula for effective intervention.
In Session #1, Together for Hope and Rural Poverty, presenters discussed the impact abandonment has on the five major ethno-geographic areas of persistent rural poverty (the Delta, Black Belt, Appalachia, Rio Grande Valley, and Native Lands) and how human capital can transform these areas from persistent rural poverty to persistent rural equity.
Such transformation comes from work between local individuals, organizations, and municipalities for socio-economic transformation.
In Session #2, Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty, Jeremy Everett discussed how the Baylor Collaborative on Hunger and Poverty scaled-up quickly to meet the food needs of school-age children and their families when the COVID-19 crisis required the closure of public schools across the country.
In Session #3, the Kellogg Foundation and Location-Based Collaboration, Director of Policy-Advocacy, Robb Gray, and Program Officers, Vicky Stott and Ryan Jiha highlight their work with Haiti and the Navajo Nation in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They highlight the Kellogg Foundation’s approach to policy advocacy work and the role of location in its partnership strategy.