Brown to Focus on Life Skills as Part of Anti-Poverty Initiative
5/15/2014
HARRISBURG – With nearly 1.6 million Pennsylvanians living below the poverty line, the House Majority Policy Committee recently announced it will continue its efforts to study the barriers individuals face in reaching self-sufficiency in the Commonwealth. The committee has appointed Rep. Rosemary M. Brown (R-Monroe/Pike) to co-chair the “Life Skills 101” section of the initiative’s next steps.

The committee, of which Brown is a member, recently released “Beyond Poverty,” a preliminary report with information received through its “Empowering Opportunities: Gateways Out Of Poverty” initiative. The initiative consisted of several meetings that took place over the last 10 months throughout the state, including a roundtable discussion in Stroudsburg.

The committee continued to hear similar themes as they traveled the state, and chose to focus on particular subject areas moving forward. The report suggests a large portion of society struggles with life skills, including financial literacy and budgeting. Brown and Rep. Dan Truitt (R-Chester) have been tasked in working with career readiness and anti-poverty programs to learn the best reinforcement and delivery of these skills in order to help people succeed financially.

“Sometimes, all a person may need to become financially independent is some extra credit counseling, a personal mentor, or a refresher course on interview tactics,” said House Majority Policy Chairman Dave Reed (R-Indiana) on the need for fostering greater partnerships on soft skills training.

“Financial literacy includes a crucial set of skills that can dramatically empower an individual to make strong, knowledgeable, financial decisions,” said Brown. “I have been an advocate of working toward measures that increase the education of these skills to best prepare individuals for real world situations. Tasked as a leader on this initiative, I believe smart financial decisions can really affect positive outcomes.”

For more information on Brown’s appointment, or any other state-related issue, contact her district office located at 696 Seven Bridge Road, Suite 101, in East Stroudsburg, by calling 570-420-8301. Information on current legislation can also be found on RepBrown.com and Facebook.com/RepRosemaryBrown.

Representative Rosemary M. Brown
189th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Krisinda Corbin
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