Over the last 30 years, Chuck Holt has dedicated his life to empowering individuals in poverty through the collaboration of the community. His vast experience in addressing poverty and community collaboration bring expertise and authority to his trainings. Chuck is a national consultant for the aha! Process and a certified trainer for the Bridges out of Poverty.  He is passionate about people and believes that everyone’s journey matters.  Chuck has a master’s degree in organizational leadership, serves on several community and county committees and lives in Lancaster, PA.

Chuck’s experience in addressing poverty, community collaboration, and inspiring audiences make him an excellent choice for a consultant, trainer, and/or keynote speaker.  See below for current topic/training/consulting options. If you interested in learning more, scheduling an event, or customizing a topic, contact Chuck today to learn more.  

Bridges out of Poverty

In Bridges out of Poverty, participants will create a mental model of poverty, review poverty research, examine a theory of change, and analyze poverty through the prism of the hidden rules of class, resources, family structure and language. The seminar puts into words what many veteran professionals and community members have experienced. Throughout the workshop, participants will receive specific strategies for improving outcomes for people living in poverty, but the focus of the workshop is to provide a broad overview of the concepts.

Framework for Understanding Poverty

How does poverty impact learning, work habits and decision-making? People in poverty face challenges virtually unknown to those in middle class or wealth—challenges from both obvious and hidden sources. The reality of being poor brings out a survival mentality, and turns attention away from opportunities taken for granted by everyone else. If you work with people from poverty, some understanding of how different their world is from yours will be invaluable. Whether you’re an educator–or a social, health, or legal services professional–this training gives you practical, real-world support and guidance to improve your effectiveness in working with people from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Check out the topics below that Chuck has facilitated trainings on in the past. You can also create a custom topic for your context.

Resources for Community Collaboration:

  • Collaboration on the Issue Poverty:
  • Stop Partnering Start Collaborating:
  • Understanding Differences:
  • Understanding the Why
  • Moving from a Bridges Steering Committee to a Bridges Movement

Resources for School Administration and Teachers:

  • Working with Parents in Poverty
  • Educating Students in Poverty

Resources for Understanding and Working with Poverty

  • Myths of Poverty
  • Hidden Rules of Poverty
  • From Enabling to Empowering
  • Developing the Emotional Resource
  • From Getting Ahead to Staying Ahead

Chuck’s consulting services focus on the client’s or team’s current goals and/or set backs. He has worked with non-profit organizations, executive teams, school administration, and church staff on collaboration, team work, vision casting, conflict resolution, and addressing poverty in all contexts. He addresses strategy, mission development, operations, and sustainability. In his consulting, Chuck brings functional expertise with a relational and approachable style. Contact Chuck today to learn more about consulting.

Chuck is a great motivator of people. His vision, passion, and communication skills make him an inspiring keynote speaker. Whether the purpose of your event is to raise funds, raise awareness, or to inspire action, Chuck’s expertise, disarming humor, and passionate energy will surely entertain and engage your audience.