Northwest Michigan Council of Governments

Traverse Bay PRI


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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.


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The PRI Steering Committee is currently doing strategic mission planning. Come lend your expertise and perspective as PRI's direction and focus are defined for the coming years.   View Important Meeting Agenda
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The Neighborhood Meeting
Meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of the month
3963 Three Mile Road, Traverse City

We meet monthly in a casual setting to share skills and experience. We help connect one another to community resources that improve quality of life. We help one another move out of the cycle of poverty. Meets at NMCAA which is located on Three Mile Road between Aero Park and South Airport roads.

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The 2013 Opportunity Conference
was held on November 5, 2013.

This event was held to help people currently living in poverty. Participants heard how Donna Beegle made it from poverty to success, were inspired by her story, acquired tools, and made connections to help move out of poverty!

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Creating Opportunities Summit
was held on November 6, 2013.

Donna Beegle, national poverty expert, discussed ways in which infrastructure impacts people in poverty. Attendees participated in breakout sessions and panel discussions to create solutions. Topics included: transportation, housing, energy, education, employment, and healthy food.

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"Challenging Myths: Stereotypes of Poverty" an NMC Service Learning Video.

In addition to studying a variety of social problems from the local through the global levels in a Modern Social Problems course (SOC 201), Northwestern Michigan College students worked together on a semester-long service learning video project (SLP) that focused on myths and stereotypes about poverty and people living on low-income.






Click for our Navigating and Mentoring page to see a video and photo gallery from last year's event.

Mentoring Breakfast 2013

PRI held its annual mentoring breakfast on May 1 to provide information for all area non-profits that provide mentoring services. Breakout sessions included: Marketing, Funding, Mentoring Best Practices, and Social Media.

Last year’s PRI Mentoring Breakfast unveiled a training model developed to help all of us better understand and respond to our neighbors.






Watch video and see photos from the event which was held in October 2012!


Poverty Simulation Workshop

The "Survive a 'Month' in Poverty" workshop in Traverse City, hosted by the Traverse Bay Poverty Reduction Initiative (PRI), and co-sponsored by Northwestern Michigan College and Michigan State University North, helped give more than 100 participants a better understanding of what it is like to live in poverty.






  Success Journal: Do you like to write? Do you know of other success stories yet to be documented? Now you can submit your stories of your progress out of poverty in our Success Journal. If you've had a hand in helping someone, we'd like to know about it! Click for more information and to submit an entry in our Success Journal on the PRI Wiki.