Shepherd Poverty Consortium meets in Lexington

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) The Shepherd Poverty Consortium met in Lexington, this year on the subject of "Criminal Justice, Poverty, and Race." The topic changes each year.

It is the annual meeting for the consortium, which sponsors eight-week internships for college students designed for education as well as service in poverty-stricken areas.

"A lot of older folks like me, we kind of get ground down. We start to feel hopeless that there doesn't seem to be much change," says Georgetown Univ. Law Professor Paul Butler. "But when you work with young people, you have to be inspired because you're looking at things with brand new eyes."

It's the sixth annual meeting for the Consortium and the 20th anniversary of the Shepherd Poverty Program at Washington and Lee, which began in 1998.