Robert Caldwell


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Robert Caldwell is a trainer and coach for the ACTS process. A Columbus, Ohio native, Robert L. Caldwell, Jr. has been a practitioner and thought leader on the issue of urban poverty for more than twenty-five years. He is the founder or co-founder of several different social and human service initiatives including; The Faith Based Partnership Initiative, an innovative community development effort focused on seeking holistic solutions to the problems faced by underserved urban communities; the P.A.S. Program (Positive Alternative to Suspension), in cooperation with the Columbus Public Schools, to provide academic remediation and social service intervention for students serving out of school suspension. This program won a merit award from the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He also helped to develop the R.O.W.T.EA.M.S. Program (Residents off Welfare Teaching Educating Achieving Motivating Success), which won the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Public Service in the State of Ohio. Robert served as the Managing Director of the YWCA Family Center, Franklin County’s (Ohio) only emergency homeless family shelter offering an array of support to homeless families. During his tenure, the shelter served over 1500 families and received national recognition from the National Alliance to End Homelessness. In 2016 Robert received a Distinguished Service Award from The Ohio State University, for his work to address poverty in the neighborhood surrounding OSU. In addition to his work with Think Tank, he is the Executive Director of which works to advance public policy and the practice of social service work towards more holistic solutions to poverty.

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