Bridges Community of Practice

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The Community of Practice brings people from all sectors and economic classes together to improve job retention rates, build resources, improve outcomes, and support those who are moving out of poverty.

The goals of creating a Community of Practice are to:
      - move individuals from poverty to self-sufficiency
      - reduce social costs to crime, poor health and welfare
      - strengthen educational attainment and job skills
      - improve on-the-job productivity
      - revitalize neighborhoods and build sustainable communities where everyone can live well

The Community of Practice will host quarterly meetings and will include professionals of all levels (Executive Directors, Management and Case Managers) in each of the Bridges Community Sectors, which include:

Community Based Organizations
Getting Ahead Graduates
Faith Leaders
Law Enforcement
K-12 Education
Post-Secondary Education
Behavioral Healthcare
Healthcare Organizations

The Bridges Out of Poverty model is currently used in 35 states and 7 countries; there are currently 33 communities across the world that have established Communities of Practice. 

Communities of Practice are currently being developed in additional communities across the State of Illinois.  These include Gurnee, Joliet and McHenry.  We will have the opportunity to meet with these communities to discuss policies that we could influence together for statewide change. 

View the Community of Practice Summary Report here.