As a new decade kicks off, Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick and other community leaders will ask the public to sign a pledge to help Southern Nevada families escape the cycle of poverty.
"Clark County and many dedicated community partners have made tremendous strides in helping people overcome barriers to success in life, and we have exciting plans for building on our momentum," Kirkpatrick said. "Our goal is to offer caring citizens, businesses and organizations ways to get involved in efforts to help disadvantaged children and families find pathways out of poverty and difficult circumstances."
Kirkpatrick and community partners will be the first to officially sign the pledge during a brief news conference at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9, at The Harbor, 861 N. Mojave Road. The pledge form can be filled out online at www.thrivingsnv.org. The Harbor is an example of a program that was initiated by Clark County and multiple agency partners to help children and families connect to community resources tailored to individual needs.
At Thursday's news conference, Kirkpatrick and participants also will preview the "Thriving Communities for a Better Southern Nevada" forum that kicks off on Friday, Jan. 10, at the Windmill Library. The forum will bring together more than a hundred community decision-makers to build upon efforts under way in Southern Nevada to take action in three key areas to fight poverty: widening career opportunities for those who are underemployed, connecting low-income youth with employment and mentoring programs, and facilitating economic mobility for single parents in poverty.
The forum, sponsored by Kirkpatrick and the federal Administration for Children & Families Office of Family Assistance, is the first of its kind to be held in the Western region of the United States. Clark County was selected as a location for the event because of its track record of successful collaboration between social service, government, business, workforce and education-based agencies.
|Who:||Clark County Commission Chairman Marilyn Kirkpatrick; Dr. Jesus F. Jara, Clark County School District Superintendent; Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner, Nevada Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation (DETR) Director|
|What:||Unveil pledge to fight poverty and preview Thriving Communities for a Better Southern Nevada forum |
|When:||11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 9|
|Where:||The Harbor Juvenile Assessment Center, conference room, 861 N. Mojave Road, 89101|