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Oregonian Publishing Co.

The Oregonian

1320 S.W. Broadway

Portland, Oregon 97201

United States

Company Description

The Oregonians In Action Legal Center was established as a separate IRS 501(c)(3) corporation to provide legal services without charge in test-case litigation in land-use/property rights cases. The Oregonians In Action Education Center is another separate ... more

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Background Information

Employment History

CNN

President

Communication Across Barriers

Affiliations

Member
Western Region Education Service Alliance

Board Member
American Association of Service Coordinators

US Secretary
People

Founder
PovertyBridge Opportunity Community

Founder
Poverty Institute

Board Member
Amarillo Area Foundation

Board Member
PovertyBridge Opportunity Community

Education

Doctoral Degree

Portland State University

Ed.D

Master's degree

Communication

associate's degree

Mt. Hood Community College

bachelor's degree

communications

University of Portland

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"The Monday Profile Overcoming Poverty with Education"

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Former welfare mother Donna Beegle tells a standing-room crowd of school board members how her family scraped by on $408 a month.
Food stamps kept meals coming, and government aid covered $395 in rent.That wasn't enough.The single mom of two, a ninth-grade dropout, was evicted.
Eighteen years later, Beegle sees education as her ticket out of poverty.Armed with a doctorate in education, she starts this week as an academic coach at Portland's Roosevelt High School.Roosevelt, where more than half the students are from low-income families, is the only regular high school in Oregon to be rated as "unacceptable" by state educators for chronic low achievement.
Beegle's new job is a natural progression from her work training educators, public health workers and others how to work with families that come from backgrounds like hers.She has been hired with federal money from the No Child Left Behind law, which has targeted Roosevelt and two other low-achieving Portland high schools that receive federal aid for serving poor children.
Beegle sees her upbringing -- struggling to make ends meet, constant moving, teachers with middle-class values that didn't match hers -- as requisite training for the job.
Because many educators haven't lived in poverty, Beegle says, they don't grasp its root causes, effect on children and sometimes crippling effect on academic performance.
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We're not taking into consideration the context in which they're living," says Beegle, blond hair touching her shoulders."Think about it.
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Beegle applauds Roosevelt's staff for their efforts in the classroom and to support students with chaotic lives at home.She says raising achievement among kids in poverty is so tough because many think they can't succeed.
"That's part of the programming of poverty," Beegle says."Changing that to hope and possibility rather than defeat is huge.
Born in Phoenix, Beegle moved to Oregon at age 12.Her family, led by an alcoholic father and a mother with an eighth-grade education, followed fruit crops throughout the Willamette Valley before settling in Portland.
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By 17, Donna Beegle had a daughter, Jennifer.Two years later, she gave birth to a son, Danny.


"A Womans Journey Out of Poverty"

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Donna Beegle had a dream of a better life.
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-- Donna Beegle
Her footsteps echoing down a long hallway, Donna Beegle caught her breath as she headed to her first class at the University of Portland.For months she had dreamed of this moment, but now she felt nearly paralyzed by jitters.
I'm from another world, she thought.What am I doing here?
Students dressed in new clothes hurried by, laughing, as if they didn't have a care.Donna glanced at her own clothes, sale items from Kmart.
They seemed so young.Many lived in a world of credit cards and parent-bought cars.She drove a $200 clunker and shopped with food stamps.
How could she, 27, a single mother of two, compete?
As she peered into the classroom, she tried to remember how far she'd come.Heart pounding, she went through the door.As she settled into a seat, she clung to her only comfort: her dream.
No future
Deep in outer Southeast Portland, growing up in one of the city's poorest sections, Donna rarely gave school a second thought.
At 15, already a ninth-grade dropout, she faced more pressing concerns.Like the 18 children she watched for friends and neighbors.Like her brothers sleeping outside in an abandoned U-Haul trailer.
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Donna helped the only way she knew how: with hard work.Dressed in her thrift store castoffs, she cooked meals, watched after her brothers, hauled clothes to the Laundromat.She picked les and berries for a few pennies a pound, contributing her meager earnings to the household.
Still, by the time she dropped out of school, the struggling family had been evicted from more than a dozen homes.Some of her brothers had landed in jail for stealing.Every day brought a new crisis.
Donna wasn't sure what she wanted, but this wasn't it.She dreamed of escape, though in her world, such dreams were as common as eviction notices.
For her, the way out was marriage.
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Donna rejoiced at the birth of her daughter , Jennifer, two years later, but the child also meant another mouth to feed; a son, Daniel, two more.
The cycle soon returned: evictions, lost jobs, a lack of money.The good times that brought the couple together yielded to the reality of crying babies and stacks of bills.The escape Donna sought vanished like a mirage.Pressure, meanwhile, weighed on the marriage.Her husband grew distant.She held things together for nearly 10 years, until she returned home one day to find him with another woman.
Alone with her two children, with no job or income or education, she faced $395 a month in rent with $408 a month in welfare to pay it and all her other bills.
She paid the rent one month.Electric, the next.
The third month she found a notice tacked to her door.
She had seen it before.Too many times.
A desperate prayer
Desperate, she showed up at a county agency, hoping for help.Her husband had left no child support.At 25, she slipped deeper into the cycle of poverty.
I've failed everything, she thought: my marriage, my kids, myself.
When the agency told Donna it could pay one month's electric and no more, she slumped in a seat, too weary to cry.She wasn't much of a praying woman, but dangling at the end of her rope, she lifted a plea for help.
Not long after, a woman at the agency approached."I overheard your situation," she told Donna, "and I just wanted to let you know there's a new program that sounds like it might be right for you."
Skeptical, Donna left her kids with her mom and showed up one day at Women in Transition -- a three-week life-skills program for low-income homemakers.
She held little hope it would help; what did these women know about being poor?But the program dangled a carrot: If she finished, she'd be eligible for a low-income housing certificate.With that, she'd be able to find a decent home.
I'll do what I have to to get by, she thought.Once I have my certificate, I can start buildin g a life on my own again.
Her feelings changed with the first speaker.Crisply dressed, the woman strode to the front of the class.Donna studied her, mesmerized by her movements, her clothes, her voice, her poise.
She didn't speak with "ain'ts" as Donna did.Her shoulders didn't slump.She didn't wear worn clothes.Donna regarded her own looks.A little heavy on the makeup, permed hair, clothes a little on the flashy side.
The woman, and her appearance, commanded something Donna had known precious little of: respect.
Donna hung on every word.Like her, the woman had grown up poor and searched for escape.When she first came to the transition program, she'd been a single mother on welfare and food stamps.
Now, she was finishing a bachelor's degree.It wasn't easy; in fact, it was hard as hell, but they could make it if they worked hard -- and believed in themselves.
Donna knew she could do the first.The second, she wasn't so sure.Years of poverty left her self-esteem shattered.Everywhere she went, she felt treated like a child: You will do this, you won't do that.Having prided herself on being a hard worker, she hated it.They treated her as if she were lazy.
The women at the program treated her differently.They didn't laugh at her "ain'ts" or tell her she dressed wrong or call her the name she hated most: white trash.
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Donna let her mind drift, back to her enjoyment of writing and reading.
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But something else, something indefinable about Donna, also emerged.A passionate curiosity, a hunger to know about things, why things worked, why they were.Somewhere, she wasn't sure where, there were answers to her problems, the keys to her dream.She just had to keep looking.
Graduating from the transition program, she found the courage to aim higher and toured Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.She wasn't sure what to expect.A life-skills class was one thing, but the idea of college courses made her uneasy.As soon as she saw the other students, however, her fears eased.Many looked and talked like her.These were her people.
Filled with pride, she told her welfare worker she planned to attend the school in the fall.
Before Donna could finish, the woman cut her off."You can't do that," she said."If you do, your welfare will be cut in half."
Donna stared at her.She thought the woman would be happy.
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Terrified, but welling with a newfound confidence, Donna gave her answer.
"Cut me," she said."I'm going."
Cutting corners
Her shoestring budget drawn even more taut, Donna cut every corner.
When her son's third birthday approached, she persuaded a teacher to allow a party at school.
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Donna took it a step further, coaxing their life stories, picking their brains.
How did these people do it? she wondered.Did they have a special gene?Growing up in poverty, she'd just assumed they were better than her.The more she learned, the less she believed that.
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In June, 1988, her mother and WIT friends applauding, Donna beamed as she walked across a stage at Mt. Hood Community College to receive her associate's degree.She was the first in her family to graduate from college.
But her worries never strayed far.She still faced housing problems.She'd been able to find Section 8 housing, but she still struggled to keep payments up.Eviction notices loomed again.She scrambled for the basics.To make ends meet, she cut luxuries -- like a phone.
At the end of her long days, she found herself slipping into depression.Without doubt, her achievements made her feel better.But what good were they, really?Were they changing her life?Every t


Serendipity Center ยป Youth Opportunity Summit

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The Summit is based on a model developed by Dr. Donna Beegle, founder of Communication Across Borders (CAB), a nationally recognized leader in helping youth develop tools to deal with - and overcome - poverty.

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- Dr. Donna Beegle, Founder of Communication Across Barriers
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Dr. Beegle facilitated a highly empowering experience for our students, helping them to authentically understand core poverty issues and assist them in moving out and staying out of poverty.


Dr. Donna M. ...

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Dr. Donna M. Beegle

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Dr. Donna M. Beegle, Ed.D
Donna M. Beegle, Ed.D. is an authentic voice who speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. Donna is the author of "See Poverty, Be The Difference," and "An Action Approach to Educating Students in Poverty. Donna brings unique insights from having grown up in the deepest poverty in America and of studying and speaking on poverty for over 26 years. Donna's inspiring story and work have been featured in newspapers around the nation, on local TV and on National programs such as PBS.
Donna is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. After growing up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty, she found herself, at 25, with no husband, little education, and no job skills. What followed were: self-confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) in Communications, a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree.
Dr. Beegle was selected 2008 National Speaker of the Year by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. In 2010, Portland State University's School of Social Work dedicated the Donna M. Beegle Community Classrooms in her honor.


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Dr. Donna Beegle

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Dr. Donna M. Beegle grew up in generational, migrant labor poverty. How can leaders and educators can improve outcomes for students and families who live in the crisis of poverty?
Donna shares an insider views and illuminates practical strategies for changing the statistics that students living in poverty overwhelmingly do not get an education.
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Donna M. Beegle, Ed.D. is an authentic voice who speaks, writes and trains across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. Donna is the author of "See Poverty, Be The Difference," and "An Action Approach to Educating Students Who Live in the Crisis of Poverty. Donna brings unique insights from having grown up in generational poverty in America and of studying poverty for more than 20 years.
Donna has worked with educators, justice professionals, health care providers, social service agencies, and other organizations across the nation who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. Donna was selected 2008 National Speaker of the Year by the New Mexico State Bar Foundation. In 2010, Portland State University's School of Social Work dedicated the Donna M. Beegle Community Classrooms in her honor. In 2011, Donna received the 2011 Oregon award for excellence in ethical business practice. Donna's response was, "I am proud to live in a state where fighting poverty is the ethical thing to do."
Donna is the only member of her family who has not been incarcerated. After growing up in generational migrant labor poverty, leaving school for marriage at 15, having two children and continuing to cope with poverty, she found herself at 25, with no husband, little education, and no job skills. What followed were: self-confidence, a G.E.D., an A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) in Communications, a Master's Degree in Communication with a minor in Gender Studies (with honors), and completion of a Doctorate Degree.
Donna is president of Communication Across Barriers, a consulting firm devoted to improving communication and relationships across poverty barriers. Donna is also founder of The Poverty Bridge Project, which provides direct opportunities for people living in the crisis of poverty.

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