What Works: Moving from Poverty to Independence

In recent memory, a lot of negative attention has been focused on anti-poverty programs. A significant number of people believe that some or all of these programs are not effective in lifting people out of poverty, yet little attention is paid to the anti-poverty programs that are effective in doing just that.  The purpose of this session will be to highlight holistic anti-poverty programs that are effective and to discuss the how best to implement and “scale up” these programs. By listening to the panelists, Georgia DHS personnel and nonprofits who work with individuals in poverty should also get ideas for how to improve outcomes with current clients.


  • Natallie Keiser, Interim Executive Director, The Center for Working Families, Inc., Atlanta
  • Mike Leach, Director, Center for Student Success, Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges
  • Ruthie Liberman, Vice President of Public Policy, Crittenton Women’s Union, Massachusetts

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