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February Workgroup Meeting Dates

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Here is the list of upcoming workgroup meetings in February. Please make your plans to join us and help take the next step in reducing generational poverty in our community. Each workgroup is working to define goals and objectives for each area. You are welcome to attend any of the workgroups regardless of which one you chose at the summit or even if you didnt attend the summit. We are encouraging everyone that wants to be part of Pathways For Prosperity to join a workgroup.

DATE: 2/20/2018

TIME: 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)

FOCUS: Parent education focused on growing life skills and parenting skills

DATE: 2/22/2018

TIME: 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)

FOCUS: Quality of education system available to children five to eighteen

DATE: 2/27/2018

TIME: 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)

FOCUS: Quality of early care and education available to children ages birth to five

DATE: 2/27/2018

TIME: 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM

LOCATION: City Hall, Lafayette Room (433 Hay St.)

FOCUS: Affordable house inventory, placement, and impact

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January Workgroup Meeting Dates

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Here is the list of workgroup meetings in January.  Please make your plans to join us and help take the next step in reducing generational poverty in our community.  Each workgroup is working to define goals and objectives for each area. You are welcome to attend any of the workgroups regardless of which one you chose at the summit or even if you didnt attend the summit.  We are encouraging everyone that wants to be part of Pathways For Prosperity to join a workgroup.

Schedule of Meetings

DATE:  1/25/2018
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)
FOCUS: Align the workforce with the needs of job-creating industries

DATE:  1/16/2018
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  City Hall, Lafayette Room (433 Hay St)
FOCUS: Affordable house inventory, placement, and impact

DATE:  1/23/2018
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)
FOCUS: Quality of education system available to children five to eighteen

DATE:  1/18/2018
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)
FOCUS: Quality of early care and education available to children ages birth to five

DATE:  1/16/2018
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Transit Center, Downtown (502 Franklin St)
FOCUS: Parent education focused on growing life skills and parenting skills

If you need any additional information please email Pathways4Prosperity@gmail.com.

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Join Us For the Workgroup Meetings

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Join us as we take the next step in reducing generational poverty in our community.  Pathways For Prosperity has five focus areas that came out of the summit held in November.  The next step in the process is to convene the focus area workgroup meetings to determine objective and goals in each area.  You are welcome to attend any of the workgroups regardless of which one you chose at the summit or even if you didnt attend the summit.  We are encouraging everyone that wants to be part of Pathways For Prosperity to join a workgroup.

Schedule of Meetings

 

DATE:  12/12/2017
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  Lafayette Conference Room, City Hall (433 Hay St)
FOCUS: Align the workforce with the needs of job-creating industries

 

DATE:  12/14/2017
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION: E.E. Miller Rec Center (1347 Rim Rd)
FOCUS: Affordable house inventory, placement, and impact

 

DATE:  12/14/2017
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  Spring Lake Recreation Center (300 Ruth St, Spring Lake)
FOCUS: Quality of education system available to children five to eighteen

 

DATE:  12/13/2017
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  Kiwanis Recreation Center (352 Devers St)
FOCUS: Quality of early care and education available to children ages birth to five

 

DATE:  12/13/2017
TIME:  6:00 PM until 7:30 PM
LOCATION:  College Lakes Rec Center  (4945 Rosehill Rd)
FOCUS: Parent education focused on growing life skills and parenting skills

 

If you need any additional information please email Pathways4Prosperity@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Community Survey Results Announced

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Community Member Survey Executive Summary

link download the entire report – P4P Community Member Survey Results 11-17-17

Overview

  • 1,514 responses; of those, we collected 648 on paper through in-person engagement (international festival, community watch meetings, library, partner organizations)
  • Concerted effort to engage individuals with lived experience in poverty—the data suggests we were successful:
    • 21 percent of respondents reported annual household incomes of less than $24,000
    • 25 percent of respondents reported annual household incomes of between $25,000 and $49,000
  • Respondent race:
    • African American – 41%
    • Caucasian – 37%
    • Latino – 7%
    • Mixed Race – 5%
    • Did not wish to answer – 4%
    • Other – 3%
    • Asian – 2% 

Top barriers to economic mobility as reported by respondents:

  1. Lack of job training – 43%
  2. High cost of living – 41%
  3. Criminal background – 35%

Top supportive factors to help people move up the economic ladder (potential focus areas)

  1. Job training – 43%
  2. Affordable housing – 40%
  3. Higher minimum wage – 39%

Rank ordering of barriers and supportive factors changed depending on demographic characteristics.

Disaggregated data revealed the following:

  1. Female respondents ranked “higher minimum wage” first among supportive factors while male respondents ranked it fifth
  2. “Dependable transportation” was ranked higher as a supportive factor by respondents who reported low incomes than respondents who reported moderate or high incomes
  3. While “Education beyond high school” did not show up among the top three supportive factors overall, respondents identifying as African American and Latino ranked it second
  4. Respondents at the lowest income level reported the following as the top three barriers to economic mobility
    1. High cost of living – 53%
    2. Criminal background – 44%
    3. Racism – 30%

Download the entire presentation HERE – P4P Community Member Survey Results 11-17-17

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City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County Announce Joint Effort to Improve Economic Mobility

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(Fayetteville, N.C.) – The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County are pleased to announce the launch of Pathways for Prosperity (P4P), an initiative to improve economic mobility for citizens across the region. Pathways for Prosperity will begin with a widely-distributed community member survey followed by a summit to be held on November 18th to review feedback from the survey, analyze recent poverty data, and map out a process for identifying key focus areas and resources.

After the summit, the initiative will assemble a Community Revitalization Task Force which will be charged with producing a comprehensive action plan within 90 days (by mid-February).

“We have a lot to be proud of in our community, but too many of our citizens are living in poverty which limits the potential of individuals and our economy alike,” said Mayor Nat Robertson.

Councilman Kirk deViere, a leading force behind Pathways for Prosperity agrees: “The district I represent includes some of the poorest households in the nation and it’s time we gather as many resources and people as possible to move the needle on poverty. It’s our duty, our responsibility.”

“This is not an easy goal, we’ll need to lean into difficult issues from blighted housing to hunger in our classrooms to racial equity. And we’ll need everyone on board. I look forward to working with the many community based organizations active in this space along with Cumberland County Commissioners, especially Chairman Glenn Adams as he is very passionate about this and we will need his leadership.”

“Cumberland County is happy to partner with the City of Fayetteville on the Pathways for Prosperity initiative,” said Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Chair Glenn Adams. “I am hopeful that this working partnership will result in a reduction of poverty in our community and will help empower residents on their path to a more prosperous future.”

Adam Svolto, Deputy Director of Policy and Engagement at the North Carolina Justice Center is serving as a consultant to the initiative and is excited about the promise it represents: “I see a real sense of urgency and boldness and I’m optimistic not only to see how P4P plays out in Fayetteville and Cumberland County, but how this process may inform other communities dealing with similar issues.”

The Justice Center’s partnership with the initiative will be supported through a three-year grant administered by the N.C. State Bar.

If you are interested in learning more or partnering with the Pathways for Prosperity initiative, please visit www.PathwaysforProsperity.org.

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