What is PACE? - Creating Impacts in the Criminal Justice System

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Feb 5, 2013 (4 years and 4 months ago)

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Cynthia Muhar

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
educators.



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
our own.


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



be non
-
prescriptive in its approach.


PACE:


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
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/flp/pace/




Introduction











Teaching Essentials



Companion Activities



Faces of Poverty



Ongoing Groups



Measurable Change



Keeping up the PACE





Educators can develop a workshop from
PACE’s curriculum that will meet the specific
needs of their audiences. Learning objectives
include:


Personal Reflection


Awareness


Empathy


Knowledge & Critical Thinking


Skill Building


Network Building


Action



How do you define poverty?


Poverty

is an individual, family or
community’s lack of goods and resources
that are needed to support well
-
being and
stability


Poverty is complex.



Poverty connects and intersects with other
issues.



Poverty is a Call to Action.


Book clubs



Just Neighbors Toolkit
-

http://www.justneighbors.net/program/just
-
neighbors




Community Change Circles
-

http://www.everyday
-
democracy.org



Process for public dialogue and community
change process


Organized by diverse people from community




Includes people from all walks of life



Easy
-
to
-
use fair
-
minded discussion materials



Moves a community to action when discussion is
concluded



A diverse group of 8
-
12 people


Meets for five 2 hr. sessions


Sets its own ground rules


Led by trained impartial facilitators


Dialogue process:


Personal stories


Looks at a problem from many points of view


Explores solutions


Formulates an action plan for change



Two action teams formed to implement 1 yr.
action plan.


One team developed an employment data base
that included:



over 120 employers in the MKE County area and


26 programs/services for job
-
seekers.


Data base shared with 211 Community Resource
Hotline


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
MI.



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
-
secondary
education for graduates of Milwaukee Public
Schools”.



Blog at
http://mkepromise.wetpaint.com/




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.


Three low
-
income neighborhoods in
Waukesha County will:


work together


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
http://www.uwex.edu/ces/flp/pace/




The Milwaukee Promise blog is at
http://mkepromise.wetpaint.com/




Thanks for your participation and interest in
PACE!