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Mon, Oct 09


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The Impact of Poverty

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

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The Impact of Poverty
The Impact of Poverty

Time & Location

Oct 09, 2023, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM PDT

Online Event

About the Event

Nola Kesia Brantley and Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew

Training Description

Growing up in poverty can have lasting impacts on system-involved youth and their families so it’s essential for social service providers, caregivers, parents, and natural support people working with system-involved youth to understand how their socioeconomic upbringing impacts their ability to understand poverty and the challenges to get out of it. The trainers will discuss strategies for more effectively engaging individuals and families in poverty and ways to empower them. This is crucial for providers, caregivers, and natural support people to learn as many system-involved youth live in or near poverty, with some youth living in communities plagued by poverty. 

Learning Objectives

· Participants will be able to explain how their socioeconomic upbringing impacts their efforts to support system-involved youth.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 1 way poverty can impact system-involved youth emotional health and at least 1 way poverty can impact system-involved youth physical performance.

· Participants will be able to identify at least 1 strategy to support system-involved youth in poverty.


10:00-10:15am  Welcome and introduction

10:15-10:30am  Defining Poverty

10:30-10:45am  Why do we tend to avoid talking about poverty

10:45-11:00am  Exploring our personal socio-economic background

11:00-11:15am  Society’s view of people living in poverty

11:15-11:30am  Stigmas of poverty

11:30-11:45am  Break (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

11:45-11:55am  Poverty in the USA

11:55am-12:10pm  The cost of poverty

12:10-12:25pm  Poverty in California

12:25-12:40pm  Child poverty in the USA

12:40-1:10pm  Lunch (CE hours will not be offered for this time)

1:10-1:25pm  Child poverty in California

1:25-1:40pm  Being Poor

1:40-1:55pm  The impact of being poor: homelessness

1:55-2:10pm  The emotional impact of being poor

2:10-2:25pm  Break (CE will not be offered for this time)

2:25-2:35pm  Getting out of poverty

2:35-2:50pm  What can we do?

2:50-3:00pm  Questions & Answers

Meet Our Trainer

Nola Kesia Brantley, CEO & Founder of Nola Brantley Speaks has become nationally recognized as a powerful Survivor voice for the issue of child sex trafficking through her moving and information packed public speaking. Her hard work and perpetual vigilance has brought both focus and concrete resources to this chronically underserved and largely unrecognized population of victimized youth. Nola’s approach aims to be holistic!

T Ortiz, A.K.A. Withelma “T” Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, is an international Anti-Trafficking Activist and Foster Youth Advocate. Beginning her work in Oakland as an Inaugural WestCoast Children's Clinic Y.A.P. advocate and a co-collaborator and leader during the inception of M.I.S.S.S.E.Y, advocating for

Measure Y funding, and keynoting Alameda County's first HEAT conference. T is a leading force in advocating for the civil and social rights of all people, with

specialized expertise in highlighting the intersectionality between the child welfare system and domestic child sex trafficking. Her Federal work was vital in

the passing of The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act and The JVTA (Justice For Victims of Trafficking Act). In 2021, she was Honored

by NCMEC (National Center for Missing & Exploited Children) as a “Hero Award” Recipient. In 2020, she was awarded “The Last Girl Award'' from Apne Aap

International (India). In 2014, she was named one of TIME Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the world”, a TIME Magazine “30 under 30” in 2013, and a

GLAMOUR Magazine “Woman of the Year '' in 2011. Her work has influenced many organizations including The United Nations, Google, The U.S. Congress,

The White House, The American Bar Association, The Aspen Institute, and The Johns Hopkins Institution. Notably, she has led a TEDx talk on Exploring

Sexuality after Trauma. She has successfully petitioned the Associated Press to utilize practices conscious of survivor trauma and circumstance with her

#NoSuchThingAsAChildProstitute Campaign. T is a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Morgan State University holding a degree in Strategic Communications.

This course meets the qualifications for (4.0) BBS CE hours for LCSWs, LMFTs, LPCCs, and LEPs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences & is provided by Fred Finch Youth Center, CAMFT Provider #045295.

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