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Turning the Tide on Poverty
Results

Alabama

Through the Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, residents of Alabama's Dallas and Perry counties have found the motivation and assistance to improve their communities.

For these adjacent counties in the state's rural, underserved Black Belt region, fighting poverty starts with identifying and resolving current issues. Working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, engaged citizens are making a difference.

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Florida

Through the Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, residents of Alabama's Dallas and Perry counties have found the motivation and assistance to improve their communities.

For these adjacent counties in the state's rural, underserved Black Belt region, fighting poverty starts with identifying and resolving current issues. Working with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, engaged citizens are making a difference.

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Louisiana

Turning the Tide On Poverty, a Southern Rural Development Center initiative that seeks to involve a wide range of community members in fighting poverty by utilizing local talents and resources, brought teenagers into leadership roles and spurred civic cooperation in St. Landry and Tensas parishes.

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Mississippi - Neshoba County

The Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative counts Neshoba County, Miss., one of two pilot sites in the state, as one of its most active areas. Under the direction of Mississippi State University Extension Service county and area agents, residents have proposed and followed through at the community and county levels with projects related to community outreach, education, food provisions, public policy and more.

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Mississippi - Lauderdale County

The Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative has given Lauderdale County, Miss., residents the guidance and inspiration to become civically engaged in community and economic development.

"We are trying to raise the issue of poverty, not keep it under the bed," said Thomas Young, Study Circle participant and key facilitator. "To make institutional change, you have to work from the bottom up." Eight Study Circles identified priorities for combating poverty in this county of nearly 80,000. By addressing what initially gets people into poverty and then what keeps them there, the group has been able to brainstorm ways to liberate people from this detrimental way of life. By starting at the root, Tide participants are making a difference.

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Mississippi - Winston County

The Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative has given Lauderdale County, Miss., residents the guidance and inspiration to become civically engaged in community and economic development.

"We are trying to raise the issue of poverty, not keep it under the bed," said Thomas Young, Study Circle participant and key facilitator. "To make institutional change, you have to work from the bottom up." Eight Study Circles identified priorities for combating poverty in this county of nearly 80,000. By addressing what initially gets people into poverty and then what keeps them there, the group has been able to brainstorm ways to liberate people from this detrimental way of life. By starting at the root, Tide participants are making a difference.

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Oklahoma - Okfuskee County

Thanks to the Southern Rural Development Center's Turning the Tide on Poverty initiative, several small communities in Okfuskee County, Okla., one of the state's poorest counties, have collaborated to promote community and economic development. For participants in Boley, Clearview and Weleetka, Tide opened the lines of communication and engaged residents who had not previously been involved in the community. A Study Circle facilitator said it best: "Linking people to people and people to resources is the key."

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