There were eleven major programs outlined in the Bill; including:

1. Job Corps provided work, basic education, and training in separate residential centers for young men and young women, from ages sixteen to twenty-one.

2. Neighborhood Youth Corps provided work and training for young men and women, ages sixteen to twenty-one, from impoverished families and neighborhoods.

3. Work Study provided grants to colleges and universities for part-time employment of students from low-income families who need to earn money to pursue their education.

4. Community Action provided financial and technical assistance to public and private nonprofit agencies for community action programs developed with “maximum feasible participation” of the poor and giving “promise of progress toward elimination of poverty.”

5. Adult Basic Education provided grants to state educational agencies for programs of instruction for persons eighteen years and older whose inability to read and write English is an impediment to employment.

6. Voluntary Assistance for Needy Children established an information and coordination center to encourage voluntary assistance for deserving and needy children.

7. Loans to Rural Families provided loans not exceeding $2,500 that assist low income rural families in permanently increasing their income.

8. Assistance for Migrant Agricultural Employees provided assistance to state and local governments, public and private nonprofit agencies or individuals in operating programs to assist migratory workers and their families with basic needs.

9. Employment and Investment Incentives provided loans and guarantees, not in excess of $25,000 to a single borrower, for the benefit of very small businesses.

10. Work Experience provided payments for experimental, pilot, and demonstration projects to expand opportunities for work experience and needed training of persons who are unable to support or care for themselves or their families, including persons receiving public assistance.

11. Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA) recruited, selected, trained, and refered volunteers to state or local agencies or private nonprofit organizations to perform duties to combat poverty.[13]

Lately there has been a lot of discussion about the “Legacy of the War on Poverty”; however, our work can possibly best be captured by Sister Simone Campbell (“A Nun on the Bus”) as seen here in the keynote at the Community Action Partnership Annual Conference broadcasted on C-SPAN:

http://www.c-span.org/video/?321071-1/conversation-sister-simone-campbell