Do you desire for the community to understand the resiliency and human potential of returning citizens and the power of a second chance?


In America, the single most important factor in our overall health is our zip code. 

COPE: College Edition allows participants to have a greater understanding of the juggling act many non-traditional, under-resourced students face on their way  to transcend poverty.  It also equips educators with the insights of how they can design programs to better assist these students and increase retention and completion rates. 

This experience represents the lives of 20 college students, who have graciously shared their stories so that people across the country can be exposed to real students, real situations, and real barriers that exist. Also captured in the experience is the role that the broader community plays in their interactions with students in poverty, and how policies and systems either help or hinder progress. 

COPE: College Edition was developed in partnership with Sinclair Community College.

COPE: Reentry Edition is a tool that will help your team:

  • Deepen their understanding of the realities of Poverty in America.

  • Improve their inner professional approaches and connections within your delivery system.

  • Develop practices and approaches that will help bridge the health equity gap.

  • Build partnerships with the broader community to improve health outcomes for low-income families.

The COPE training can touch the heart and bring a human face to the difficulties and opportunities in restoring individuals back to their children and families
— John White, Former Chairman of the Ohio Criminal Justice Committee

An Experience For Everyone.


The Cost of Poverty Experience has been adapted to reflect the experience of poverty in various contexts. Please click on one of the sectors below that best describes the organization that you are affiliated with to find out how COPE can help you have greater impact.