Friday Forums

Empower Missouri’s Friday Forums are our monthly online educational offerings for Missourians to build knowledge on poverty-related policy issues and skill in legislative and grassroots advocacy.

Friday Forums are a place for information sharing, training and the concrete experience of discussing and acquiring a deeper understanding of policies that drive poverty across our state. They are also a source of inspiration, providing contact with new people, fresh ideas, innovative thoughts, different experiences and working methods pertaining to advocacy.

Friday Forums provides an opportunity for participants to: 

  • learn, discuss and express their views on issues of poverty
  • develop the skills necessary to strengthen their capacity to take part in decision-making processes
  • connect with other advocates from around the state

The Friday Forums will enable people who have an interest in issues relating to poverty to: 

  • share their ideas and experiences on current issues and trends affecting low-income people in different parts of Missouri; 
  • suggest ways of strengthening national, regional and local anti-poverty policies and training people to challenge poverty in their communities; 
  • contribute new ideas to the movement on how to make connections with influential people around the state.

Most forums will be held virtually on the third Friday of each month at noon. However, times and formats of the events are subject to change. 

For those who were not able to join the monthly forums, you can watch the recordings aquí.

Please register early for these sessions through the following links:

Friday Forum Schedule: 

April 15, 2022 – Food sales taxes are regressive and harm households with low incomes. Children learn better with full bellies, and are more likely to graduate high school and earn higher wages as adults.  How can we reduce the food cost burden on families in our state?   – Register here

May 20, 2022 –  At the end of May, the Missouri General Assembly adjourned after a legislative session that began in January. State policymakers survived the drama of the session while producing some good and bad legislation. 

In May, join Empower Missouri and other panelists as we give you the scoop on what went on in Jefferson City this year.  In this program, we’ll describe what got done, what got started and what we are still fighting for after the 2022 legislative session Register here

 More resources will continue to be added to the site as the events get closer. For additional support or questions about the forums, please contact Nay’Chelle Harris at [email protected]