Family Living Educator
Milwaukee County Cooperative Extension
Recall the first experience you can
remember regarding poverty.
What emotion do you recall feeling at that time?
What impact did that event have on you then?
What about now?
What do you think of that situation now? Have
your feelings or perspectives changed?
PACE is a poverty education curriculum for
UWEX educators developed by the Family
Living Poverty and Food Insecurity team.
PACE incorporates a continuum of learning
which begins with building awareness and
ends with a call to action.
Ruby Payne’s Bridges out of Poverty
curriculum was being used by UWEX
The Poverty & Food Insecurity team wanted a
‘next step’ curriculum that would examine
the complex issues of poverty and diverse
methods to address it.
In our search for a new curriculum, we came
to the conclusion that we’d have to develop
We wanted a curriculum that would:
address the complex issues of poverty (including
social class, privilege, racism, power, oppression,
and urban vs. rural)
address a continuum of learner levels (raising
awareness through transformational education)
and resources in the curriculum
prescriptive in its approach.
Was developed by Cooperative Extension
educators and specialists.
Was piloted with educators from around the
state, evaluated and then revised.
Is peer reviewed
Available online at
Faces of Poverty
Keeping up the PACE
Educators can develop a workshop from
PACE’s curriculum that will meet the specific
needs of their audiences. Learning objectives
Knowledge & Critical Thinking
How do you define poverty?
is an individual, family or
community’s lack of goods and resources
that are needed to support well
Poverty is complex.
Poverty connects and intersects with other
Poverty is a Call to Action.
Just Neighbors Toolkit
Community Change Circles
Process for public dialogue and community
Organized by diverse people from community
Includes people from all walks of life
minded discussion materials
Moves a community to action when discussion is
A diverse group of 8
Meets for five 2 hr. sessions
Sets its own ground rules
Led by trained impartial facilitators
Looks at a problem from many points of view
Formulates an action plan for change
Two action teams formed to implement 1 yr.
One team developed an employment data base
over 120 employers in the MKE County area and
26 programs/services for job
Data base shared with 211 Community Resource
Data base shared with 4 Dept. of Workforce
Development Job Centers in greater MKE area.
Second action team wrote an issue brief
about a free/reduced college tuition program
for graduates of Milwaukee Public Schools,
based on the Kalamazoo Promise program in
Group decided to continue its work to make
the Promise dream a reality in Milwaukee.
CNRD agent, Edward McDonald, assisted
group with organizational planning
Milwaukee Promise, Inc. now has 501 C 3
status. Its mission is to “fund post
education for graduates of Milwaukee Public
Media coverage in Milwaukee Journal
Sentinel and online newspapers.
The Waukesha County Hunger Coalition is
working on a grant to support CCC in the 3
neighborhoods identified by HUD as areas of
need in the City of Waukesha.
income neighborhoods in
Waukesha County will:
build social capitol and
make positive changes by addressing three
specific poverty issues identified through
Community Change Circles.
If you have any questions regarding any
aspect of PACE, please free to ask them now.
The PACE website address is
The Milwaukee Promise blog is at
Thanks for your participation and interest in