There is a book, by a lady named Ruby Payne called “A Framework for Understanding Poverty.”
Here is part of the description: People in poverty face challenges virtually unknown to those in middle class or wealth—challenges from both obvious and hidden sources. The reality of being poor brings out a survival mentality, and turns attention away from opportunities taken for granted by everyone else.
Dr. Payne was done extensive research on the effects of poverty and lists several key ingredients for one to make the move from poverty to middle-class (not that middle class is the best thing in the world, but it’s better than living in poverty).
She cites four reasons why people move out of poverty:
1. It’s too painful to stay
2. Key relationships (mentor, teacher, pastor, COACH)
3. Special talent or skill
4. They have a Vision or GOAL.
Goals are important for sports, but also for school, for work and for relationships. If we can make goal setting a part of the children’s lives now, it should go a long way.
We use a method of writing goals called SMART(H)
-How and Hard Work