Children isolated by poverty are being left behind due to Adverse Childhood Experiences.
1 in 8 live at or below the poverty level.
Live at 50% below the poverty level.
Households live in poverty.
Do not finish high school.
The Root of the Problem
The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences
Households in cyclical poverty, more often than not, include a variety of Adverse Childhood Experiences, which traumatize children and markedly affect their development.
These experiences include:
- Unstable and insufficient income
- Substance abuse
- Lack of proper nutrition
- Lack of proper emotional nourishment
- Household member arrested or in prison
- Domestic violence
- Child abuse
Adverse Childhood Experiences can be mitigated by long-term, consistent, research-based mentoring and family advocacy.
We work with the most vulnerable. We choose to work with the public school children who are having the most trouble; the children most likely to become the next generation of generational poverty; the children who are likely to drop out, fail, fall into substance abuse, become involved with the juvenile justice system or become a teen parent.
According to a study produced by MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership, children at risk who had a mentor were:
More likely to hold leadership positions.
Interested in becoming a mentor themselves.
More likely to volunteer regularly.
More likely to enroll in college.
Less likely to skip school