Bridges to Sustainable Communities Symposium


Knott Auditorium, Mount St. Mary's
16312 University Way, Emmitsburg MD 21727

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Join us for a day of learning how "Bridges to Sustainable Communities" concepts support every sector to build systemic change, strengthen individuals and communities, and enhance your local organization - education, law enforcement, health care, faith families, government and social services organizations collectively benefit from bringing everyone to the table to create solutions to poverty.

Keynote Speaker

Philip DeVol of Marengo, Ohio, has been training and consulting on poverty issues since 1997. He is co-author of Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals with Ruby K. Payne and Terie Dreussi-Smith. In 2012, he updated the popular Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin'-By World: Building Your Resources for a Better Life (2004) to help people in poverty investigate the impact of poverty on their communities and themselves. He also wrote Getting Ahead while Getting Out: A Prisoner Reentry Model (2015). DeVol's 2010 work Investigations into Economic Class in America, co-authored with Karla M. Krodel, applies the Getting Ahead concepts to college life for under-resourced postsecondary students. A collection of DeVol’s essays and articles was also published in 2010 under the title Bridges to Sustainable Communities.


Event Details

The day will include hearing from the keynote speaker, "Bridges to Sustainable Communities" author Philip DeVol and sharing a panel discussion with those who have successfully used the Bridges Out of Poverty concepts to strengthen their communities. Registrants will receive a copy of Philip DeVol's book, a continental breakfast & lunch voucher for Patriot Dining Hall at The Mount. Free parking in Mount St. Mary's University Lots 8 & 10.

“I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act.” Bill Gates

Location & Venue

Marion Burk Knott Auditorium
Mount St. Mary's

16312 University Way, Emmitsburg MD 21727

October 3, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Bridges Resources & Testimonials

What is the Bridges Concept and how can it work for our community?

View more videos on the aha!Process YouTube Playlist:

Testimonials from various sectors who have used Bridges training and implementation successfully:

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