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United Way of the Midlands presents “Understanding Poverty Culture” virtual training

COLUMBIA, S.C. (January 13, 2020) – United Way of the Midlands will host an “Understanding Poverty Culture” virtual training on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 3-4:30 p.m., led by Mindy Jamison, to help bring understanding to the driving forces and hidden rules with generational poverty and give practical steps for moving forward. The training is free with registration.

Using the work “Bridges Out of Poverty” by Ruby K. Payne, Ph, D., Jamison will explore some of the ideas presented in the book.

The training is a comprehensive approach to helping people understand poverty using different lenses of economic class. Participants will review poverty research, talk about hidden rules of class, look at family structures and language registers as well as provide participants with concrete tools and strategies for better understanding poverty in their communities.

Approximately 245,000 children, or 23 percent, of children in South Carolina, live in poverty and, significantly, 12 percent live in high-poverty communities, according to the 2019 KIDS COUNT® Data Book by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

"It’s vital for those looking to explore ways to engage communities affected by poverty to have a greater understanding of the new culture that emerges when individuals experience poverty for two or more generations,” said Andre Goodman, United Way of the Midlands youth program manager. “To effectively partner with and empower individuals within communities impacted by poverty we must recognize values, language and hidden rules of the culture.”

Register here: To learn more about United Way of the Midlands, visit


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United Way of the Midlands is the most organized, efficient and accountable system for investing in the community. With nearly 70 Community Impact Partners, United Way works to identify and respond to the critical human service needs of Calhoun, Fairfield, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg and Richland counties. Funds are raised through workplace campaigns, grant writing and individual donations. For more information, please visit

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