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Traverse Bay PRI


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"Bringing the power of our collective knowledge and energy together to prevent and reduce poverty by Inspiring, Advocating, and Connecting through convening and incubation."


Inspiring  •  Advocating  •  Connecting  

The Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI) is a community-driven, collaborative effort to reduce poverty in the Traverse Bay region. The program was born out of the Poverty Summit, held in February 2004, in which 225 area residents joined together to address the issue of poverty in our area. Poverty Reduction Initiative consists of representatives from local businesses, public and government agencies, and concerned citizens. Working subcommittees focus on five strategic directions: Navigators, Mentoring, Education, Advocacy, and Communications.


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The PRI Steering Committee is currently doing strategic mission planning. Come lend your expertise and perspective as PRI's direction and focus are defined for the coming years.   View Important Meeting Agenda
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Poverty Simulation

A poverty simulation was held in Traverse City on Sept. 19th. Hear what students had to say about the experience.

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Mentoring Breakfast
Our annual Mentoring Breakfast was held on June 11th in Traverse City to provide information for all area non-profits that provide mentoring services. 

This year, we heard from Joe Liszewski, "How to Get More from Mentoring Through Collective Impact."

A tour of HelpLink was also provided.

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Mentoring Survey

If your organization provides mentoring, please take approximately 3 minutes to complete a short survey. We will share the results at the breakfast. Exact answers are not needed. Thank you!

PRI Mentoring Survey





The Neighborhood Meeting
Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
3963 Three Mile Road, Traverse City

We meet monthly in a casual setting to share skills and experience. We help connect one another to community resources that improve quality of life. We help one another move out of the cycle of poverty. Meets at NMCAA which is located on Three Mile Road between Aero Park and South Airport roads.

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The 2013 Opportunity Conference
was held on November 5, 2013.

This event was held to help people currently living in poverty. Participants heard how Donna Beegle made it from poverty to success, were inspired by her story, acquired tools, and made connections to help move out of poverty!

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Creating Opportunities Summit
was held on November 6, 2013.

Donna Beegle, national poverty expert, discussed ways in which infrastructure impacts people in poverty. Attendees participated in breakout sessions and panel discussions to create solutions. Topics included: transportation, housing, energy, education, employment, and healthy food.

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"Challenging Myths: Stereotypes of Poverty" an NMC Service Learning Video.

In addition to studying a variety of social problems from the local through the global levels in a Modern Social Problems course (SOC 201), Northwestern Michigan College students worked together on a semester-long service learning video project (SLP) that focused on myths and stereotypes about poverty and people living on low-income.