The Struggle for Economic Independence
Poverty + Crime are a Vicious Cycle of Complex Issues
Poverty is about more than not having enough money or not having a job. Poverty is a cycle that impacts generations of families; it is made up of factors that are multifaceted and complicated.
For example, if you are born to a family in poverty, chances are you won’t have access to educational and training opportunities, so you are undereducated and undertrained. This keeps you from finding a job that pays you wages that support your family’s needs. So, you remain unemployed and rely on government assistance to survive. Because you aren’t in the workforce you lose out on opportunities to gain knowledge and skills, widening the education and skills gap between you and others. You become isolated, only interacting with people in similar situations, with no idea that your life could be different. You may become involved in crime because those are the only options you learn about. Your children are born into a family in poverty, to parents who may be incarcerated.
This cycle is repeated daily in communities all over our nation. Helping people break the cycle of poverty requires more than teaching them how to fill out applications or training them in a skill. It must approached holistically, touching all areas of a person’s life.