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Be The Difference: An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty Be The Difference: An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty

This curriculum kit contains:

  • one, two-hour, five session dvd
  • 10, 68 page Action Approach Guidebooks, companion to the DVD

Additional guide books can be purchased separately. In the groundbreaking training dvd, Dr. Donna M. Beegle presents 18 years of research and work on breaking poverty barriers. Participants gain practical strategies from an insider perspective on how we can improve educational outcomes for students who live in poverty. The Action Approach companion guidebook offers participants tools for building on the chapters in the video. It also contains “Extras.” The Extras are activities and strategies that build on the training from the dvd.


Action Approach delivers an insiders perspective on poverty. This DVD is an excellent resource for educators that work with students living in poverty. The content and reference sources not only allows you tools and strategies it allows you to teach others to serve without judgement.
-Elia Moreno, Community Engagement Manager, Cal Farley

Our Price: $449.00
If Not Me, Then Who? (Curriculum Kit) If Not Me, Then Who? (Curriculum Kit)



Dr. Beegle's latest Curriculum Kit (DVD package with 1 facilitator guide and 10 participant guides) is available!

  • Do you want to make a difference for your Neighbors who live in the crisis of poverty?

  • Do you need to develop a deeper understanding of the many different life experiences of poverty?

  • Would you like to develop best practices and tools for breaking poverty barriers, improving outcomes, and changing lives in your community?

  • Would you like to increase your poverty competency skills—improving communication and relationships, as well as developing strategies for planning and creating systemic change?

This poverty awareness curriculum kit will serve to deepen and apply the learnings presented by Dr. Donna M. Beegle. The 7-video segments, along with the companion materials (participant guide and facilitator’s guide), are designed to assist individuals and organizations to go beyond addressing immediate needs (e.g., providing food boxes, temporary shelter, financial assistance with rent and utilities) to a more systemic approach for helping our Neighbors to move out and stay out of the crisis of poverty.


If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering Our Neighbors was produced by Emmy-winning documentarian George Rivera and in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul's Atlanta Diocese.

VIEW Promotional Clip from the DVD training HERE.

John Berry's VISION to make If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering our Neighbors happen WITHIN the Society, BY the Society, and FOR the Society members is a winner and provides a wonderful blend of Friendship, Spirituality and Service. Donna Beegle's heart and soul permeate throughout the If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering our Neighbors materials .This is a great way into the Vincentian Hearts --- and from this workshop it leads perfectly into our desires to create experiences of change to a better world WITH our INCREDIBLE Neighbors - whose lives can gift ours and then together...we can Journey out of the crisis of life -- into a better tomorrow.
Jeanne M. Harper, Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Green Bay, WI)

Our Price: $424.00
Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Curriculum Kit Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Curriculum Kit

Legal professionals will find this curriculum kit (10 books and the companion video training) highly beneficial for improving services for those who most need legal assistance.

Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice is a highly interactive training that will equip you with practical tools for improving legal services. The training video and companion guidebook are designed to increase awareness of poverty and its profound impacts on the people you serve. Using in-depth analysis of different life experiences of poverty and how each impacts access to legal services, legal professionals will gain a foundational knowledge for addressing short- and long-term poverty obstacles to equal justice. The book provides short readings, hands-on activities, and real-world case studies to increase your ability to communicate and relate more effectively with people experiencing the impacts of poverty.

“Dr. Beegle’s professional work and personal experience, combined with her non-judgmental approach in this training allows attorneys working with pro bono clients thoughtful and meaningful insights into themselves and their clients. These insights make their efforts and their outcomes more successful, their work more satisfying and their understanding of poverty one that promotes real change rather than misunderstanding and reinforcement of stereotypes. This curriculum and training has been enthusiastically received by all sectors of the legal community, nationwide." -Cynthia Anderson, Pro Bono Director, Ballard Spahr LLP


PDF flier about Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice

Our Price: $424.00
Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice (DVD + 1 book package) Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice (DVD + 1 book package)

Legal professionals will find this curriculum kit (1 book and the companion video training) highly beneficial for improving services for those who most need legal assistance.

Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice is a highly interactive training that will equip you with practical tools for improving legal services. The training video and companion guidebook are designed to increase awareness of poverty and its profound impacts on the people you serve. Using in-depth analysis of different life experiences of poverty and how each impacts access to legal services, legal professionals will gain a foundational knowledge for addressing short- and long-term poverty obstacles to equal justice. The book provides short readings, hands-on activities, and real-world case studies to increase your ability to communicate and relate more effectively with people experiencing the impacts of poverty.

“Dr. Beegle’s professional work and personal experience, combined with her non-judgmental approach in this training allows attorneys working with pro bono clients thoughtful and meaningful insights into themselves and their clients. These insights make their efforts and their outcomes more successful, their work more satisfying and their understanding of poverty one that promotes real change rather than misunderstanding and reinforcement of stereotypes. This curriculum and training has been enthusiastically received by all sectors of the legal community, nationwide." -Cynthia Anderson, Pro Bono Director, Ballard Spahr LLP

PDF flier about Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice

Our Price: $224.00
The Class Continuum The Class Continuum

The Class Continuum book/dvd packages gives poverty coaches the keys to leading the Class Continuum group activity.

Our Price: $175.00
Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice

Legal professionals will find this book highly beneficial for improving services for those who most need legal assistance.

Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice is a highly interactive training that will equip you with practical tools for improving legal services. The training video and companion guidebook are designed to increase awareness of poverty and its profound impacts on the people you serve. Using in-depth analysis of different life experiences of poverty and how each impacts access to legal services, legal professionals will gain a foundational knowledge for addressing short- and long-term poverty obstacles to equal justice. The book provides short readings, hands-on activities, and real-world case studies to increase your ability to communicate and relate more effectively with people experiencing the impacts of poverty.

For wholesale orders please contact: dbeegle@combarriers.com

“Dr. Beegle’s professional work and personal experience, combined with her non-judgmental approach in this training allows attorneys working with pro bono clients thoughtful and meaningful insights into themselves and their clients. These insights make their efforts and their outcomes more successful, their work more satisfying and their understanding of poverty one that promotes real change rather than misunderstanding and reinforcement of stereotypes. This curriculum and training has been enthusiastically received by all sectors of the legal community, nationwide." -Cynthia Anderson, Pro Bono Director, Ballard Spahr LLP

PDF flier about Breaking Poverty Barriers to Equal Justice

Our Price: $25.00
See Poverty ... Be the Difference See Poverty ... Be the Difference

Discovering the Missing Pieces for Working with People in Poverty

See Poverty...Be the Difference: Discovering the Missing Pieces for Helping People Move Out of Poverty by Dr. Donna M. Beegle, is a resource that provides an authentic opportunity for gaining a foundation, rooted in lived experience and research, for understanding poverty and addressing its impacts. It is designed to shatter stereotypes with facts about poverty and to provide concrete tools and ideas for creating programs and systems that are responsive to the needs of people living in poverty conditions. Please use it as a tool to help you be the missing piece and truly make a difference for students and families who live in poverty.

Poverty is a complex issue. Its solutions come from individuals–like you–who are willing to learn, understand and work together. See Poverty...Be the Difference is designed to inform, inspire, and motivate you to make a difference for children and families from poverty backgrounds. It will provide some tools and activities for educating, communicating, and working more effectively with people of all ages who live in poverty and hopefully inspire you to want to learn and do more!

196 pages
ISBN: 9781934085011
For wholesale orders please contact: dbeegle@combarriers.com

PDF flier about See Poverty

Our Price: $25.00
If Not Me, Then Who? (Participant Guide) If Not Me, Then Who? (Participant Guide)



Dr. Beegle's latest Curriculum Kit (DVD package with participant guides and facilitator guide) is available from the Communication Across Barriers Store. This listing is for the participant guide only. To purchase the full curriculum kit (1 DVD, 1 facilitator guide, 10 participant guides click HERE.

  • Do you want to make a difference for your Neighbors who live in the crisis of poverty?

  • Do you need to develop a deeper understanding of the many different life experiences of poverty?

  • Would you like to develop best practices and tools for breaking poverty barriers, improving outcomes, and changing lives in your community?

  • Would you like to increase your poverty competency skills—improving communication and relationships, as well as developing strategies for planning and creating systemic change?

This poverty awareness curriculum kit will serve to deepen and apply the learnings presented by Dr. Donna M. Beegle. The 7-video segments, along with the companion materials (participant guide and facilitator’s guide), are designed to assist individuals and organizations to go beyond addressing immediate needs (e.g., providing food boxes, temporary shelter, financial assistance with rent and utilities) to a more systemic approach for helping our Neighbors to move out and stay out of the crisis of poverty.


If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering Our Neighbors was produced by Emmy-winning documentarian George Rivera and in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul's Atlanta Diocese.


John Berry's VISION to make If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering our Neighbors happen WITHIN the Society, BY the Society, and FOR the Society members is a winner and provides a wonderful blend of Friendship, Spirituality and Service. Donna Beegle's heart and soul permeate throughout the If Not Me, Then Who? Empowering our Neighbors materials .This is a great way into the Vincentian Hearts --- and from this workshop it leads perfectly into our desires to create experiences of change to a better world WITH our INCREDIBLE Neighbors - whose lives can gift ours and then together...we can Journey out of the crisis of life -- into a better tomorrow.
Jeanne M. Harper, Society of St. Vincent de Paul (Green Bay, WI)

Our Price: $20.00
Action Approach Guidebook Action Approach Guidebook

This book is a companion to the DVD: "Be the Difference! An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty"


Action Approach delivers an insiders perspective on poverty. This DVD is an excellent resource for educators that work with students living in poverty. The content and reference sources not only allows you tools and strategies it allows you to teach others to serve without judgement.
-Elia Moreno, Community Engagement Manager, Cal Farley

Our Price: $15.00