Poverty and trauma to be addressed at educational forum in Canton

CANTON, NY — A Community Forum will be held in Canton on October 30, entitled “Converging Crises: Poverty & Trauma.”

The event is sponsored by the People Project in association with the Institute for Learning Centered Education and is open to all North Country educators, community organizations, healthcare providers, elected officials, and interested or impacted individuals.

Discussions and presentations about practical strategies for supporting people living in poverty and/or experiencing trauma and other converging crises in the North Country are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Lawrence University’s Eben Holden center.  The doors will open at  8:00 a.m., refreshments will be available.

There will be a featured presentation on social justice (racial, gender, and bias of any kind) and how to address the topic with students and/or clients.

The cost is $15 and will be waived for anyone needing a scholarship.  Lunch is included. The low cost is made possible by contributions from NYSUT/AFT, St. Lawrence Valley Teachers’ Learning Center, and St. Lawrence University.
Other sponsoring organizations include: St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES, GardenShare, Local Living Venture, Potsdam Snack Pack Program, St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, St. Lawrence Health Initiative, St. Lawrence Health System, and The Poor People’s Campaign.

An agenda and additional information is available upon request; registration and inquiries can be made by email to demesibov@gmail.com.  St. Lawrence County school personnel can register on “My Learning Plan.”

For more information, see the Institute for Learning Centered Education’s poverty/trauma web site at www.poverty-initiative.com, and register by email at.demesibov@gmail.com