2016 Poverty Conference
Thursday, October 20
Belcher Center @ LeTourneau University
Longview, Texas
Join the Conversation!
Educators, business leaders, elected officials, community
volunteers, church members, parents and friends should join the discussion about combatting poverty in our community.
Contining education hours are available for educators and administrators attending the Poverty Conference.
2016 Keynote Speaker
Wes Moore is a youth advocate, Army combat veteran, social entrepreneur, NY Times bestselling author and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Winfrey Network.  
Wes is committed to helping the parents, teachers, mentors and advocates who serve our nation's youth.
2015 Poverty Conference Recap 
Keynote speaker Geoffrey Canada presented a two-hour lecture focused on The Crisis Facing Our Youth: What We Can Do to Save our Children and Revitalize Our Community.  Conference attendees also participated in a wide range of interactive breakout sessions and workshops . THANK YOU to all community sponsors and partners!
Beyond the Conference
"Great conference - now what?"  This question was asked by so many last fall and that's how we spark community change! What do the next steps look like today & tomorow?

In November, the Junior League of Longview and community leaders hosted a recap discussion - read more!

2016 Poverty Conference Sponsors

Drs. Marissa and
​Ryan Guillory

  1. Find event logistics, registration pricing and key conference information here.
  2. Get to know the Poverty Conference host and learn about projects led by JLL.
  3. Learn about our community and conference partners. We invite you to get involved!
  4. What are the latest poverty statistics and trends affecting East Texas and beyond?

Registration Information

Junior League of Longview 

Conference Partners

Poverty in East Texas

Video Gallery

The Other Wes Moore 
Random House

Childhood Poverty in Texas
(May 2014)

Wes Moore
Second Chances
(January 2015)



History & Highlights

Continuing Education 

Learn about the inaugural Poverty Conference hosted by community leaders in 2013.
Educators and administrators have the opportunity to secure continuing education credit by attending the Poverty Conference.
The Other Wes Moore

Published in 2010, the New York Times bestselling book is the story of two kids with the same name who lived in the same decaying city and how their lives took drastically different paths. In the book, author Wes Moore explores the factors that made the difference. 

Youth Empowerment Seminar (YES!)
New in 2016, area high school youth organizations are invited to read the book  Discovering Wes Moore participate in the conference and special sessions facilitated by community leaders on topics unique to community challenges among our youth.

Contact kendrahtennison@gmail.com for details.