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Locals learn how to go from poverty to opportunity

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The New York State Community Action's "From Poverty to Opportunity" Tour visited Utica to discuss overcoming poverty, Thursday.
 
Local and state community action officials joined local leaders to talk about the best way to help people living in poverty climb out of it.
 
Education, self-sufficiency, and being in control of their own situation emerged as the three biggest keys for success.
 
Mohawk Valley Community Action's (MVCA) "Getting Ahead" program is one way they do this. 
 
"How do you get a checking account? How do you access resources in the community? How do you begin to change things in your lives and what is it that you really want to do? So it's a self-exploration journey," explained Amy Turner of MVCA.
 

The program last 12 weeks and attempts to teach its participants how to do all of those things and more.  

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