When the National Affinity Group on Jewish Poverty began planning its FedLab track, “Building Community Action Plans to Address Poverty,” the goal was to train working groups from 10 communities. Instead, almost four times as many communities — from all over North America and from cities large and small – assembled anti-poverty working groups and signed up.
In Zoom sessions, leaders from the affinity group shared success factors, best practices, and other important information on addressing poverty. Then, in structured, facilitated discussions, working groups consisting of a variety of stakeholders from each of 38 communities mapped out their next steps. Each group discussed their local goals and benchmarks, examined their community’s strengths and weaknesses, explored which/if any “Success Factors” models and best practices would be most applicable to their community, and brainstormed about potential partners and allies to include in their work moving forward.
“This was an incredibly productive and collaborative conversation for our Colorado agencies, and we have very tangible outcomes to move forward with that we wouldn’t have otherwise,” Steven Baker, Senior Director of Philanthropy at JEWISHcolorado said afterward.