Training designed for rural Minnesota community members of all income levels who are engaged, passionate, and committed to ending poverty.
Leaders Partnering to End Povery (LPEP) is designed for community members of all income levels, who are engaged in their community, and who are passionate and committed to ending poverty.
It works to develop an understanding of poverty as a community issue by identifying its causes, and approaches to deal with these issues.
It provides the opportunity to learn from each other’s experiences.
It builds personal and working relationships among participants across economic disparities.
It strengthens their leadership skills, and provides the tools to organize a focused community effort to move people out of poverty.
Current and Upcoming LPEP Training
There are currently no upcoming LPEP communities.
LPEP: Training and Action
LPEP consists of seven leadership capacity-building sessions spread out over a year, with community events planned by program participants.
This combination offers the opportunity to build strong relationships and leadership skills for building social capital and mobilizing that capital to bring awareness to the issue of poverty.
Capacity-building sessions (7 days)
These sessions are formal trainings. The first is a full-day, the remaining six are half-day sessions.
Community events (as determined by your community)
Your group puts your learning to work at community events you design and plan – with assistance from our trainers and Blandin Foundation staff as needed. Communities have written and performed plays, planned advocacy events at the state capitol and more. Projects reflect each community’s unique learning and priorities.
Blandin Foundation covers the cost of the program (tuition, meals, and training materials). The cost to participants is their time and travel to and from the sessions. If attendance at the program creates a financial hardship, enabling funds are available through the Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation. To learn more about the program contact Becky Adams.