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Poverty is topic of community discussion
15 July 2004

BISMARCK, ND - A local group is interested in your thoughts about poverty in the area.

      The Bismarck-Mandan Youth-Elder Coalition has scheduled a community discussion meeting for Thursday, July 22 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at United Tribes Technical College. The public is invited to attend.

      "We hope to hear from all groups in the community," said Jayme Davis, an organizer with the coalition. "Anyone affected by poverty or who has concerns about it, is invited to join the discussion."

      The session will focus on determining strengths and opportunities in the Bismarck-Mandan community to combat poverty.

      The local coalition was formed last fall as a pilot project of the Ventures Program of the Northwest Area Foundation. The initiative is aimed at creating long-term community coalitions to reduce poverty. Similar efforts are underway in Billings, MT, Portland, OR, Rapid City, SD, and Seattle, WA.

      The community discussion takes place in the James Henry Community Building gymnasium on the UTTC campus in south Bismarck. UTTC provides technical assistance to the coalition.

      Transportation and daycare will be provided free of charge. Drawings will be held for door prizes and refreshments will be served.

      For more information contact Jayme Davis, 701-255-3285 x 1217 or jdavis@uttc.edu.


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