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    Education - P2P

    Question 1: When you hear the phrase “Poverty to Progress,” what comes to mind? What are the tools you think people need to move out of and stay out of poverty here in the city?

    • Education
    • Transportation
    • Programs to address the achievement gap
    • Resources
    • 0-5 early learning even footing in kindergarten
    • Parent education—financially
    • Mentoring programs for high school students
    • Programs promoting trade/skills
    • Finance management classes for graduating seniors
    • Access to technology
    • Metrics—preventive measures for at-risk
    • Career
    • Unity amongst the community and retired teachers

    Question 2: What are some of the challenges related to this barrier that you think make it difficult for people to become economically secure?

    • Perception of what it takes to pull families out of poverty
    • Willingness to let the poor in
    • Demolition of poor—proxy racism
    • Absentee father —single parent homes
    • Must encourage children to achieve more
    • Parents who do not see value in education because of poor experiences in school themselves
    • Home by teachers—build lasting relationships among the parents
    • Smaller class rooms and more teacher assistants for a deeper one on one learning experience
    • Poverty can be a comfortable—safety net
    • Parent engagement—parents, teachers and students
    • Motivation- experimental learning
    • Symptomatic behaviors- occurs with loss of motivation
    • Poor behavior = isolation
    • Toxic stress—brain development
    • 0-5 readiness
    • Reading and literacy
    • Lack of access to opportunities and ability to use resources
    • Parent resource center online and on premises
    • Extended learning environment at non-traditional hours
    • Nutrition
    • Opting out of LCS
    • Segregation incompetence in public schools
    • Social interaction among socio-economic demographics
    • Visualizing success
    • Teen pregnancy
    • Think differently to make a collective impact

    Question 3: We know that just throwing money at a problem rarely solves it. What concrete, actionable steps (as it relates to this barrier) would you like to see taken to create pathways out of poverty in the city?

    • Three tenants in schools
    • Mentorship —kids to adults
    • Quality childcare thru City of Lynchburg waitlist for pre-K ( widen reach)
    • Help education parents with the skills needed for success—parent homework help
    • Engage in churches
    • After school programs
    • Community mindset shift
    • Build on potential—motivate and encourage “ asset based development”
    • Address education through workshops in the community
    • Family mentorships
    • Strategies needed for reaching/ educating and motivating parents
    • Legacy—college
    • We must care long term
    • Comprehensive directories of programs
    • Mental health barriers— parents
    • Assessment of pre-K options
    • Start a relationship role models for kids mentors
    • Better understanding of sexual education

    Question 4: What does success look like here? Should it be based on changing overall rates of poverty? Creating new opportunities rather than focusing on concrete numbers? Etc.

    • One stop shop to access services, support, GED, childcare vs. a directory
    • 5th Street C.A.N
    • Address intergenerational
    • Sustainability
    • Not to be dependent on the numbers but percentages
    • Increase income overall
    • Structured program to meet the measured goals
    • Trust built from new relationships
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