Many families suffer from “generational poverty,” a type of poverty that occurs when the poverty last for two generations or more. In my current position, I primarily serve families that have children between the ages of 0-5 years of age and according to First Things First Regional Needs Assets Report; 14.6 % of Arizona’s population lives in poverty and 24.4% of that population is children between the ages of 0-5. When most people hear the term “generational poverty,” they think of financial disadvantages, or simply being economically “poor.” However, generational poverty runs deeper than finances.
Generational poverty degrades children, families, and our community in many ways. One of the reasons generational poverty continues to manifest year after year is because most people in ongoing crisis situations plan short-term; this short-term mindset means future generations haven’t been set up for success. The hopelessness felt by the children, families, and community are detrimental to society. Without hope people die, dreams die, and a piece of societies dies.
My ultimate career goal is to create innovative programs and curriculum that will provide children and their families with tools which include but, aren’t limited to the following; confidence, concrete life-skills, and healthier habits. The decision to create Habits & Lifestyles, LLC helped better prepare me to serve low socio-economic and other disadvantaged populations. Collaborating with other professionals with similar goals and professors with expertise in these areas will give me the guidance and structure that is needed to create change.
Brown, C. Ed.D., & Donelson, A. Ph.D. (2014). Needs and Assesment Reports. Tucson, AZ: Donelson Consulting, LLC