Making Ends Meet (register here)

This series of Civic Engagement Boot Camp days address critical aspects of poverty and economic vulnerability in our region.  The idea emerged from discussions with a number of civic and media leaders, especially Ideastream.  The question that fostered the discussion was simple: “With all the growth and development in our region, who is being left behind, and what can we do to make sure ‘all boats rise’?”

The answers, of course, are complex - and that's where Civic Engagement Boot Camps come in.

The Boot Camp Experience. Five one-day “deep dives” focusing on Education, Entrepreneurship, Housing, and Healthcare - all related to “Making Ends Meet.” Participants select 1 day to participate. These are not “easy” experiences: we start early, we end late, and we explore the issue of the day by engaging directly with the people struggling with the challenges and creating the solutions. 

Who participates? Each program days is limited to 18 individuals, in order to permit an intensive experience.  Participants are carefully recruited so that each of the five program days has a good balance of perspectives and experiences.  While individuals may choose to participate in more than one day (“Education” and “Healthcare,” for example), most will select the day that is of most interest and concern to them.

What are the dates? Boot Camp program days are as follows, with pre-Boot Camp dinner for on April 22, and post-Boot Camp dinner on May 29. 

    • Entrepreneurship, May 2 (FULL)
    • Housing, May 8
    • Healthcare, May 15 (FULL)
    • Education, May 22 (FULL)

Registration: Boot Camp day fee is $500, which covers all costs.  Numerous scholarships for nonprofit participants are available. Register HERE

QUESTIONS? Contact Earl Pike, Director of Civic Engagement, at  He’s the CLC staff person heading up the design and implementation of the “Making Ends Meet” experience.

See list of 2012 participants >
See sample Boot Camp day >