The LPEP program offers participants the opportunity to:
- Develop an understanding of poverty as a community issue by identifying its causes, and approaches to deal with these issues.
- Learn from each other’s experiences.
- Build personal and working relationships across economic disparities.
- Strengthen their leadership skills and develop tools to organize a focused community effort to move people out of poverty.
The combination of formal training, community events and conversations offers the opportunity to build strong relationships and leadership skills for building social capital – all towards the goal of 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 the Recruitment Manager.
Blandin Foundation Leadership Programs does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender identity, 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.