Engaging the Poor and People of Color in Organized Service: Challenges and Opportunities

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Use this to learn firsthand perspectives on the challenges and opportunities of engaging the poor and people of color in organized service.

This report summarizes the discussion from session “Engaging the Poor and People of Color in Organized Service: Challenges and Opportunities,” an immersion learning session of the National Conference on Volunteering and Service held in June 2008.

Panelists discussed these topics:

  • Challenges of working with disadvantaged populations.
  • Experiences working in the Hispanic communities around Austin, TX.
  • The youth perspective.
  • The need for volunteering and service opportunities to speak to community-change approaches in disadvantaged communities.
  • The role education can play in establishing an ethic of participation.

The conference was sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service and the Points Of Light Foundation and Hands On Network. It took place June 1-3, 2008, in Atlanta, GA.

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