Tasked with developing a strategic plan to reduce poverty, Governor Inslee’s Poverty Reduction Work Group invited organizations to talk about serving and standing with those in living in poverty, including challenges to our shared work, hurdles for our clients, and recommendations that we think would make a difference in our community. In May, Room One was invited as a panelist to share our learning with this group of change-makers.
Here are a few highlights from our presentation:
Sexual health education offers so much more than most of us realize. We are talking with young people about decision making, power, relationships, and opportunity. Our purpose is to ensure they have access to the future they want for themselves. Said another way, sexual health education is a strategy that builds self-determination; it is a strategy for poverty reduction.
Rural communities too often work in isolation for social change. We look for funding and resources that align with our mission, we put our head down, and we move forward. Transformative change involves sharing funding, expanding our definition of community, and coming together for a shared cause.
Critical funding passes over rural communities because of our small population size. We need funding that responds to the real needs of our community, that allows us to be innovative and use our unique rural strengths, and prioritizes our most vulnerable community members.