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Bridges to Sustainable Communities Symposium

October 3, 2019 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Covered Bridge in Frederick County MD in Autumn

Join us and guest speaker Philip E. DeVol to discuss his book, Community Conversations That Lead to Direct Action: Bridges to Sustainable Communities, and what concrete steps we can take to build communities that not only serve the poor, but help our neighbors to create and maintain better lives for themselves.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Learn to apply the Bridges Out of Poverty framework to create sustainable communities
  2. Have a clear understanding of how the Getting Ahead curriculum’s philosophy and process promotes self-actualization and self-efficacy for graduates
  3. Understand how the Bridges Out of Poverty framework can be adapted to empower all sectors (law enforcement, education, health, non-profits, civic leaders, government, businesses, etc.) to collaborate in building communities where everyone can live well.


8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Registration

9:30 a.m. Introduction

9:45 a.m. Key note address by Bridges to Sustainable Communities author Phil DeVol

10:45 a.m. 15-minute Break

11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion – Getting Ahead Graduates share how the program impacted their lives

11:45 a.m. Lunch

12:30 p.m. Discussion panel with Phil DeVol, followed by open discussion with participants

2:00 p.m. Closing remarks

Tickets are $30 and include a copy of the book, breakfast, and lunch. Please purchase through our Eventbrite link.


Sister Martha Beaudoin D.C.


Marion Burk Knott Auditorium, Mount St. Mary’s University
16312 University Way
Emmitsburg, MD 21727 United States
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