Thursday, October 20, 2016
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.
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 is being asked by so many and that's how we spark community change!

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

Continuing Education 

History & Highlights

Educators and administrators have the opportunity to secure continuing education credit by attending the Poverty Conference.
Learn about the inagural Poverty Conference hosted by community leaders in 2013.

Video Gallery

“...I found myself surrounded by people--starting with my mom, grandparents, uncles, and aunts, and leading to a string of wonderful role models and mentors--who kept pushing me to see more than what was directly in front of me, to see the boundless possibilities of the wider world and the unexplored possibilities within myself.

People who taught me that no accident of birth--not being black or relatively poor, being from Baltimore or the Bronx or fatherless--would ever define or limit me.” 

     ― Wes Moore

          The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
The Other Wes Moore 
Random House
Childhood Poverty in Texas
(May 2014)

Geoffrey Canada
TED Talk 
May 2013