The Utah Intergenerational Welfare
Reform Commission released in October 2017 the state’s Sixth Annual Report on Intergenerational Poverty, Welfare Dependency and the Use of Public Assistance.
The report highlights data from
multiple state agencies serving families in the cycle of poverty and shares an
update on the Commission’s activities in advancing the work in key focus areas
of early childhood development, education, family economic stability and
Key data findings with modest
improvements in intergenerational poverty include an increase in certified
high-quality preschool programs, improved graduation rates and an increase in
average annual wages for adults in intergenerational poverty.
An example of a
program that is improving one of the focus areas—family economic stability—is
the Department of Workforce Services’ Invest in You Too program at Salt Lake
Community College. This career pathway program helps single mothers—several who are experiencing intergenerational
poverty—build jobs skills and helps local
employers fill high-demand positions.
Watch here: Lt. Governor Spencer Cox
and Tracy Gruber, senior advisor of the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative at
the annual report release event sharing new data tools and introducing the
Invest in You Too program.
Learn more about the Invest in You Too program in
the media coverage: Deseret News, Salt Lake
To view the report and new data
tools, visit intergenerationalpoverty.utah.gov.