Berkshire County’s 13% poverty rate only tells part of the story. This interactive course will help participants look at the Berkshires through the lens of class and encourage conversation that will help all of us understand our neighbors better and serve our community better. You will learn basic concepts that will help you understand poverty, navigate between economic classes, and become a driver of change in your community.

Suggested Reading: Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for a Professionals and Communities, Philip E. DeVol, Ruby K. Payne, and Terie Dreussi Smith.

Alisa Costa
brings nearly 20 years of non-profit social justice advocacy experience to the Berkshire Bridges Working Cities Challenge Initiative. In her role as Initiative Director, she works with key stakeholders across sectors to connect residents to opportunity and break down barriers to success. Before moving to Pittsfield, Ms. Costa lived in New York’s Capital Region where she worked for the New York Civil Liberties Union, New York AIDS Coalition, Family Planning Advocates of New York State, Hunger Solutions New York, and most recently for New York State’s Medicaid program. 


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