RAP Executive Director Brooke Richie-Babbage joined economists, media personalities, and anti-poverty advocates and analysts on the 25th anniversary of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) on Oct. 9th with a luncheon forum held at the Columbia Faculty House.
In the panel entitled “The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It: Innovations in Poverty Prevention and Reduction,” Brooke discussed how RAP has advanced its mission of empowering youth to become leaders in their communities since its founding seven years ago. RAP does this through leadership development programs that include skills-building and self-advocacy boot camps, as well as targeted policy advocacy initiatives.
Brooke explained that RAP’s work helps young people see poverty as a trait that can change, rather than as a permanent state of being.
She ended her presentation by showing a video on dating violence created by teens who participated in the summer Youth LEAP program. The video, depicting a series of young people silenced by violence, is an example of one of the Community Impact Projects developed by teens to raise awareness about real issues in their communities.
Also on the panel with Brooke were Michael Little, co-director of the Social Research Unit NGO in the United Kingdom; and Kyle Caldwell, director of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Pathways Out of Poverty Program based in Flint, Michigan. NCCP Director of Family Economic Security Curtis Skinner was the moderator.