ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- The Chemung County Poverty Coalition is looking for local leaders.
A $40,586 grant will now allow the coalition to implement the Natural Leaders Initiative, a program that aims to boost community leaders. The program already proven itself succesful in Tompkins County, having been in place for over a decade.
But the funding will support more than just this program. It will also help its Povery Stoplight Initiative.
"[The Stoplight] provides a comprehensive way to help look at poverty and a real tangible way to demonstrate people can move out of poverty," says Andy Fagan, Executive Director of the Cornell Cooperative Extension.
The Stoplight helps families measure their level of poverty. Participants receive a personalized, color-coded grid outlining areas of improvement.
The county's Poverty Coalition then works to connect individuals to local resources.
Elmira's branch of the Poverty Spotlight will be the third in the country, alongside Washington D-C and New Orleans.
So far the program, which was developed in Paraguay, has been used and successful in more than 25 countries.
"Our hope is a good number of them will be very interested interested in participating in the poverty spotlight," says Fagan. "[Individuals would] complete the survey and see how they can progress out of poverty, as well as to help others in their own community."
The Coalition is currently accepting nominations for participation in the Leadership program.
Graduates will then have the opportunity to take part in the Poverty Stoplight.
You can submit a nomination through the attached forms. They must be emailed or dropped off by Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.