ELMIRA, N.Y. (WENY) -- Move Forward Elmira is expanding to help develop 20 new community leaders.

Its goal is to assess and shine a light on poverty issues facing the city, and help empower families and individuals to rise above it.

$55,000 is being awarded to provide the Cornell Cooperative Extension with funding for Move Forward Elmira, expanding the program to additional areas of the city.

"This award will help us take what we have learned in our pilot 'Poverty Stoplight' project to the next level," Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chemung County Executive Director Andy Fagan said. "Move Forward Elmira will build additional community capacity through community leadership training and help empower 200 Elmira Families to make plans and take steps out of poverty."

The funding is provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments that focuses on 420 counties in the Appalachian region.