U.S. House speaker visits anti-poverty program in Dallas hosted by LIFT VP of Strategic Partnerships

“At LIFT we teach adults how to read. Because, what can you do if you can’t read? Did you know that more than 950,000 people in the Dallas – Ft. Worth area do not have a high school diploma or GED? This minimum credential can open the door to higher wages and allow someone to gain a foothold on the pathway out of poverty.”

Across the country, the percentage of people living in poverty is rapidly growing. Dallas has one of the highest poverty rates of any major city in the U.S. and it is catching the attention of elected officials on all sides of every aisle, from the local to the federal level.

Monday, LIFT’s Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Amber Sims, emceed the launch event of a new Dallas-based poverty elimination program “Urban Specialists” which empowers people to help youth and adults in their own communities take their first steps out of poverty. Guests included Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Mayor Mike Rawlings, local elected officials including Jennifer Staubach Gates and Erik Wilson as well as Dallas legend Deion Sanders.

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