SESC Poverty Institute Held in Corbin

In a region where approximately 37% of its children live in poverty and 70% of its students are enrolled in the federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program, poverty is an issue of great significance and interest. Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks recently stated that, “the biggest problem facing Kentucky kids today is poverty, as it impacts all other domains of well-being.”
On November 20, 2015, SESC hosted its Poverty Institute in Corbin, KY. With approximately 150 teachers, administrators, and field-related professionals from across Kentucky in attendance, the Institute focused on issues of poverty for school-aged students and on strategies to support those children and their families. Twenty-three breakout sessions were led by school teachers and administrators, university professors, and leaders of state agencies. The keynote address was given by Dr. Kathleen Cooter of Bellarmine University.
The Institute received encouraging and positive reviews by those in attendance. SESC intends to host a second event in Fall 2016.