June 29th, 2010

Last Thursday, June 24th, the Alabama Commission to Reduce Poverty met at the YWCA Interfaith Hospitality House in Birmingham.

Jennifer Clarke, Chief Housing Officer at the YWCA, talked about the YWCA’s work revitalizing Birmingham’s historic Woodlawn neighborhood.

Larry Lee, Director of the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries’ Center for Rural Alabama, talked with commission members about the work he has done identifying successful rural schools. His report, Lessons Learned From Rural Schools, highlights ten schools in low-income communities that have been successful by creating a positive culture and finding creative ways to work together.

Above: Larry Lee, Director of the Center for Rural Alabama. Photo via The Daily Yonder.

Commission members discussed strategies to involve community members across the state in conversations about how Alabama can be a healthier, more prosperous state.  These conversations will help the commission set goals for its work.

There’s no time like the present to get the conversation started. So tell us – what’s a way you and your neighbors can get involved in making Alabama a healthier, more prosperous state? Let us know byemailing the vice chair of the commission, Kristina Scott, with “Poverty Commission” as the subject.

Posted by Will Thomas