Scholarships are still available for Columbia County residents for the 2011 Low Income Advocates Leadership and Community Development Conference coming September 14-15, 2011 at the Doubletree Hotel in Little Rock.
The event features Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe and former US Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater as keynote speakers. Participants can also enroll in a Poverty Simulation.
The conference is a joint effort of CADC, Entergy Arkansas and the Arkansas Department of Workforce Services.
CADC offers the scholarships, which covers the $99 registration fee, to persons in its 12 county service area of Pulaski, Saline, Lonoke, Hot Spring, Pike, Clark, Montgomery, Union, Calhoun, Columbia, Dallas and Ouachita Counties. The scholarship covers the registration fee of $99 for the 2-day event. Registration forms can be found at www.cadc.com or contact Robin Freeman at 501-778-1133.
Beebe will address the issue of hunger on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 11:30 am. In Arkansas, 160,000 children are not being fed on a regular basis and has the highest percentage of hungry children of any state in the country. Beebe will discuss how national and state initiatives are impacting this issue. Broadway star Lawrence Hamilton will also perform.
Slater, an Arkansas native who grew up in poverty in the Delta, will recount his personal journey to success and share solutions for overcoming poverty. He will address the conference Thursday, Sept. 15 at 11:15 am.
The Poverty Simulation provides conference participants an opportunity to assume the role of a low-income family member living on a limited budget. Each participant will have four 15-minute sessions, each representing a week, in which they will simulate real-life situations encountered by those living in poverty.
The conference registration fee is $99 per person for the entire conference, $75 for Group Registration, (Full Conference only, 5 or more persons from the same organization), $65 for Wednesday only, or $35 for the Thursday Luncheon session only. Registration forms must be received by Sept. 9, 2011.
The Leadership Conference is designed to bring together public policy makers, utility organizations, social service agency program managers, legislators and aides, consumer credit and collection specialists, housing specialists, nonprofit organization leaders, faith based leaders, and others concerned with the issues impacting hard-working low-income families.
CADC is a private nonprofit community action agency that was formed in 1965 to fight and win the “War on Poverty.” The mission of CADC is to improve the quality of life and build strong communities in Arkansas. For more information, please contact Freeman at 501-778-1133.