Leaders Partnering to End Poverty

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

LPEP - Red Wing

January 17 - July 11

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.

Program Costs

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.


Blandin Foundation Leadership Programs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, selection of volunteers including program participants and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, participants, volunteers, independent contractors, and vendors.

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