Peoplesmith / Revolutionist / Poverty Survivalist / Solution-Driven / Igniting / Heart Shifter / Game Changing
Ending pOVERty through public education, community, socio-economic friendtors and multi-generational wins!
I fight pOVERty. I have walked with dozens of families as they made it completely out of pOVERty. I see pOVERty as the main driver for most social problems. So let’s get people out of pOVERty! I work with kids, parents, educators and communities to do just that! Trauma-informed and restorative justice principles are the tool belt. Changed mindsets become the toolbox and relationships are the playground for taking this age old dilemma and turning it into a winnable game.
At age 37, I was living in a trailer house with my three little boys that should have been condemned. Everyday was beyond a struggle. My life had taught me two things. Hard work. Survival. I grew up poor, dropped out of high school on my sixteenth birthday and was doing a fantastic job of repeating the cycle. I was exhausted, frustrated and bankrupt as a mother. Then by accident I bumped up against a non-profit that helped people get out of pOVERty. They wrapped support around me, fed me powerful doses of hope and taught me a better way. Later I ended up running that non-profit and building it into the largest and most successful Circles site in the country. I watched family after family repeat my journey completely out of generational pOVERty.
Educators became interested in my work. ESSDACK found me. I have been working with districts and communities ever since. I currently also Direct ten high school completion programs in the State of Kansas. I work with some tough kids. “Those kids” are “my kids”. My work to resolve pOVERty within education and communities is robust. The trauma-informed movement, with community collaboration and restorative justice principles puts us ALL in a winnable game. We can resolve pOVERty and make sure that is is no longer our students OR their families destination. I am passionate about helping ALL people find the tools necessary to turn kids from at-risk to at-promise!
Speaker Menu Items
- Building Kids, Strengthening Families, Changing Communities
- Let’s Declare pOVERty OVER
- Creating a Winnable Game for “Those Kids”
- The Most Important Partnership is with Parents
- The Trauma-Informed Journey. From At-Risk to At-Promise
- Shifting School Culture from Punitive to Restorative
What Others Are Saying
“The first time I heard Rebecca’s story at an inservice I was moved to tears. It was probably the most impactful inservice I have ever sat through, and after being in education approximately 20 years, that’s saying a lot. I came away with a better understanding of those in poverty and my role in their lives as an educator. In further workshops with Rebecca I learned the more practical aspects of how I could get involved at a more personal level in learning from and assisting those in poverty. I got involved in the Circles program and have witnessed the change in people’s lives when they are offered tools, resources, friendships, and hope. Rebecca is a dynamic speaker who has been through poverty and has come out on the other side. I’ve never talked to anyone who hasn’t been impressed by her work.”
Stacey Lott – Educator, Smokey Valley School District, Kansas