Thursday, July 27, 2017 5:16 am

Poverty workshop graduates first class

WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Local agencies and advocates came together Tuesday night to celebrate the graduation of Jefferson County’s first-ever cohort of the “Getting Ahead in a Just Getting By World” poverty workshop — a program now-alumnus Johnathan Persons credited with saving his life.

The Watertown Urban Mission, Community Action Planning Council and Volunteer Transportation Center teamed up with the Jefferson Leadership Institute class of 2017 to establish the series locally at no cost to attendees. “Getting Ahead” focuses on building resources and creating personalized plans to get out of poverty with its willing participants.

The first workshop wrapped up with 12 graduates on July 18.