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  • The Top 10 Ways to Stay Motivated When Negativity Seems to Be All Around You (2/4/2018) - Oftentimes in life, negativity seems to surround us. It has the power to suffocate our dreams and destroy our hopes. When that happens, many of us accept it as a way of life, but still manage to stay on target with goals. Others fall prey to the weight and feel paralyzed in moving forward. While you can’t always control what happens to you, you can control how you respond to it. Let me show you how to stay on track and shake off the negativity around you. Here are 10 strategies I found online recently. I use them to keep
  • The Answer to Everything (1/18/2018) - I am a person for whom school “worked.” I liked school so much that I gravitated back into school as a career choice serving as a school psychologist for the past 34 years. Like many people raised and living in middle class, I value education as the most effective strategy to improve one’s chances in life. If you work hard at school and pursue an interest about which you are passionate, you can succeed and have a stable life. I taught this to my kids and I continue to encourage students in the schools I serve to this day. As
  • Self-care for the Helping Professional (12/28/2017) - Growing up, one of my favorite songs was Chaka Khan’s “I’m Every Woman.” Being a helper at heart, I loved the concept and tried being all things to everyone: available, present and doing it with grace and a smile. Those were the days of vinyl and I played that record over and over until it was worn, warped and scratched. As I start to think about self-care for the helper that memory is a perfect analogy. Just as I wore out my album, we as helpers can wear ourselves out. Repeatedly putting the needs of others before our own can
  • Eclipsing Poverty – The Power of a Common Goal. Report from St. Louis: Addressing the Challenges of Poverty National Conference (12/24/2017) - On Aug. 21, 2017 I had the privilege of being in Hopkinsville, Ky. to experience the most amazing natural sight I have ever or likely will ever witness – the total eclipse of the sun. There were many aspects to that experience that impacted me, but one of the most significant was the diversity of the people who came together to view the eclipse in this small Midwestern town. There were young and old, people of many races, multiple languages – there was a busload of what I can only describe as hippies from the ‘60s! It was a wonderful
  • Muskogee Car Donation Program Helps Address Transportation Problem (9/21/2017) - Graduates of Getting Ahead often tell us that transportation is their No. 1 barrier to success. To help overcome that barrier, my organization, Muskogee (Okla.) Bridges Out of Poverty, launched a new Car Donation Program that provides Getting Ahead graduates who meet certain criteria with the opportunity to purchase a vehicle. Recently we awarded our first vehicle in the new program. The automobile was donated by a generous family who no longer needed a vehicle and who wanted to help another family out, and we hope this is the first of many such donations. Muskogee Bridges negotiated with a local
  • Transforming Communities through Innovation and Collaboration: Transform Tuesdays Webinar Series (12/22/2016) - Once a month in the fall of 2016, Emerge Solutions member Simon Solutions (creators of CharityTracker and Oasis Insight) hosted a FREE webinar, bringing even greater community transformation through innovation and collaboration. They have shared their recordings with all Emerge Solutions members.
  • Bridges Out of Poverty: Addressing Community Challenges Through Intentional Relationships (8/16/2016) - There is no doubt that these are difficult days in our country. Communities large and small struggle with brokenness in relationships across race, ethnicity, language, economics and other divisive categories. Conflicts and suspicions seem to lead inevitably to violence. Many of us wait with suspended breath for the next terrible story to break in the media, which for its part is ever-ready to pounce on yet another sensational example of how wrong things are. 
  • Program helps inmates reinvent lives – The Blade (7/13/2016) - STRYKER, Ohio — Elmer Yeary went into the Corrections Center of Northwest Ohio in February without a plan on what changes he could make to turn his life around. He thought he would finish out a six-month sentence for theft and then relocate to east Tennessee, where he could work on his father’s cattle farm. Instead, Yeary, 38, who was among inmates in pilot classes at CCNO called Getting Ahead While Getting Out, which is part of the larger  program, is working on getting his life back on track. Since his release from jail about a month ago, he has
  • Servant Leadership (5/10/2016) - Servant leadership is a philosophy and set of practices that enriches the lives of individuals, builds better organizations and ultimately creates a more just and caring world.  
  • Got Questions? Emerge Members Are Anxious to Share Experiences. (4/28/2016) - As communities across the globe begin to realize that something can actually be done to address poverty, they also begin to realize how complex the issues are. The experiences of individuals and families from under-resourced backgrounds begin to tell a story of barriers that may have existed for many years. For community leaders the task can seem overwhelming. Where do I concentrate my efforts? What areas will net the greatest returns? How do I get everyone involved? The list of questions can go on forever.
  • People in Poverty Need More than a Job (4/17/2016) - If you are never given an opportunity how can you be responsible for wasting it?  So many times we hear people around us state that a job would correct and solve every problem a person who is in poverty faces.  The problems go much deeper than getting and keeping employment.  Skills and education are two primary areas that many people lack through no fault of their own.  Are we being fair to simply give people food and materials as opposed to teaching and empowering individuals to acquire what they need through knowledge and goal achievements?
  • Social Entrepreneur Starts Running Club to Combat Homelessness (3/28/2016) - Who would think that a group of homeless men could become excited about running? That they could commit to a regular schedule of running—and keep it?
  • Poverty is a context, not an excuse (2/20/2016) - The new school year has arrived and with it the opportunity for me to do a number of presentations to various school districts and other organizations on the subject of dealing with kids from poverty. In my first week of school, I had the privilege of speaking to school bus drivers, city bus drivers, the K-12 faculty of one of the rural districts I serve and the small staff of a brand new alternative school in another district. In every audience there are various attitudes that are fairly easy to read on the faces of those about to subjected to
  • Importance of Education (11/7/2015) - I grew up knowing there were two tracks to my future education. The first was a vocational type training that included secretarial, home economics (read sou chef). mechanic and others. Then there was that 4 year college degree which promised a future secure in job, career and financial stability.
  • Bleak News About Americans in the Prime of Life (11/7/2015) - Two recent data sets indicate that many Americans in the prime of life are not thriving, either economically or in terms of health and longevity. And the one set of data is likely impacting the other in very negative ways. According to economic commentator Martin Wolf, “The relentless decline in the proportion of prime-aged US adults in the labour market indicates a significant dysfunction.”