Pathways Out of Poverty in Northern Virginia
PANEL DISCUSSION: IMPROVING JOB PREPAREDNESS
March 20, 2022
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm EDT
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Church, Redeemer Lutheran Church of McLean, and the Tysons InterFaith coalition
are sponsoring a series of panel discussions on Pathways Out of Poverty in
This third episode
in the series explores how job preparedness training is helping our vulnerable neighbors
improve their prospects for better jobs and livelihoods in our region. Michelle
Morgan, Administrator of the Fairfax County Adult High School, will
describe FCPS efforts to help adult students obtain high school equivalency credentials
and technical skills certification.
Laura Siko, Director of
Enrollment Management at NOVA’s Loudoun campus, will describe NOVA’s new Virginia
G3 (Get trained. Get a job. Give back.) free community college tuition program
for low/moderate-income Virginians seeking jobs in high-demand fields.
Director of Self Sufficiency Services at Cornerstones (Reston), will discuss
how soft skills training is helping convert the possibility of a better job
into a reality.
James Foster, Academic Administrator at the George
Washington University, will moderate the discussion and Q&A.
The goal of the “Pathways…”
series is to explore policies, programs, and individual actions to address barriers
that low-income Northern Virginia residents face. Other panel discussion topics
Accessing Affordable Housing – October 2021
Improving Financial Empowerment – March 2022
Easing Reentry for the Convicted and Incarcerated – June 2022
Obtaining Community Services – [to be decided]
view videos of earlier panel discussion topics visit:
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first two sessions: Accessing Affordable Housing and Financial Empowerment attracted participants from across the Fairfax
and Arlington area, including members of Redeemer Lutheran, Lewinsville Presbyterian,
Tysons Interfaith and others with an interest in the topics.
The first session, Accessing Affordable Housing heard from Christopher Fay (Executive
Director of Homestretch) and Carmen Romero (President and CEO of Arlington
Partnership for Affordable Housing (APAH)). In the past Redeemer has
supported Homestretch programs. The recording of the discussion is available here. Homestretch and APHA have volunteer
opportunities. They can be found at:
second session, Financial Empowerment. The session, moderated by Irene Foster,
professor at George Washington University featured panelists: Dr. Anamarie Lusardi, Founder and Director of
the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington
University School of Business; Maria
Jose Cantoni, Director of the Financial Empowerment Center in Fairfax County, a
division of Britepaths, Inc.; and Donna Snyder-White, Vice President for
Financial Empowerment at StandByMe (UnitedWay/Delaware).
Lusardi introduced the multi-generational study on financial
Jose Cantoni reviewed Britepaths work in Fairfax County, while Donna
Snyder-White presented another program out of Delaware. The link to this session's video is here.
you’re interested in volunteering with the Financial Empowerment Center of Fairfax County,