Poverty Reduction Initiatives in Northwest Lower Michigan
Traverse Bay PRI
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.
Progress Village is a group of individuals who have been in or are currently in poverty who have come together in the Grand Traverse Region to bring awareness to the issues related to poverty. Progress Village emerged out of leadership training that was provided by Traverse Bay PRI.
Char Em PRI
The Char Em Poverty Reduction Initiative was formed and the PRI mission statement was developed in 2009. Michigan State University Extension took a leadership role and received a United Way grant to create the Money Mentor program and to run poverty simulations in the area.