Under the direction of Utah’s Intergenerational Poverty (IGP) initiative, Sevier County IGP Committee brings local political leadership, community service providers, and educators together to address needs, share resources, and provide support to community education. The initiative focuses on four areas: education, family economic stability, health, and early childhood development. The objectives shared in this presentation will describe the Sevier County IGP Committee and Utah’s IGP initiative, and how the plan and goals were put into place and carried out. The committee was strategically formed with key community members including a county commissioner, workforce development, educators from the K-12 district, local Extension faculty and educators, local law enforcement, health department, counseling centers, food bank, and other community support services. The Sevier County IGP Committee outcomes for 2022 include the start of the community garden adjacent to the food bank providing community education and fresh foods to community residents, specifically those accessing food bank services. Over 700 books were collected and distributed to students prior to summer break in effort to support summer reading, specifically in students in households with low-income. A local chapter of Addict II Athlete was brought to the area to support mental wellbeing as substance use was found to be an indicator of mental wellness. Further mental wellbeing programming is in the process of being rolled out in Fall 2022. The committee is also starting a family relationships educational program with early childhood families (Head Start and district Preschool) in the 2022-2023 school year.
Kari Ure, Utah State University, United States
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