#Conquering #Generational #Poverty: Step 1- Become a #Family to a #Hoodrat Kid

In 2013 paper in #Social Development, psychologist #Rosario #Ceballo, Ph.D. and #Traci M. #Kennedy, Ph.D., found that adolescents’ endorsement of familismo was associated with lower levels of exposure to violence and fewer depressive symptoms if they were exposed to violence. Familismo, by definition is a Latino cultural emphasis on family and prioritization of family needs and relationships.

I have some suggestions on how to create a #familismo relationship for kids trapped in generational poverty:

  1. Sponsor a child through a Big Sister or Big Brother program. If you don’t have one in your community start one. https://www.bbbs.org/get-involved/ This organization has local and International chapters include Australia, Bulgaria, Canada, Russia, Ireland, New Zealand, Poland, Israel, South Korea, Trinidad and Tobago, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Netherlands, and the United States of America. Workplace mentoring programs are also available which allow students to visit and learn from one-to-one relationships with successful professionals. Institute these programs in public schools.
  2. Push for public schools to affiliate with Boy Scouts (https://www.scouting.org/) and Girl Scouts (https://www.girlscouts.org/) Sponsor a child or do fundraisers for children whose parents or guardians are unable to pay.
  3. Provide afterschool extra study sessions for homework assistance and help to get ready for the SATs for older students.
  4. Provide afterschool healthy snacks. According to Jasmine Morrow, in her article, Helping Low Income Students Succeed, in 2015, over 51%of public school students in the United States qualified for free or reduced lunch at school, according to federal income guidelines,
  5. Sponsor or have fundraisers for field trips for impoverished students.
  6. Support the #Red #Nose Day in school program.

 

Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you? Matthew 25:44

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