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No soap, radio!

October 10, 2019 Published by

When, on the contrary, all the citizens are independent of one another, and each of them is individually weak, no one is seen to exert a great, or still less a lasting power, over the community. At first sight, individuals appear to be absolutely devoid of any influence over it;…

Lowest federal spending on kids since 2007

October 3, 2019 Published by

Last year’s portion of the federal budget that was spent on children hit a 12-year low, rivaling numbers we haven’t seen since 2007. Just 9.2% of federal spending was for programs like early education, food stamps, and help for children with disabilities. Worse yet, spending is projected to decline further…

The research isn’t boring!

September 26, 2019 Published by

Research evidence supporting Getting Ahead Beth Wahler and Phil DeVol We know many of you have witnessed firsthand the effectiveness of Getting Ahead in the lives of investigators and your communities, and you look forward to the day when Getting Ahead is considered evidence-based by scholars. The goal of this…

Standing against the winds of chaos and failure

September 24, 2019 Published by

Sitting on the windowsill of my mother’s low-income apartment, I prayed my father would not fail to show up again. Tears poured down my cheeks. Confusion and anger set in, starting decades of chaos. How did I fail my father? What could I do to gain his love? It took…

Coaching for life stabilization

September 20, 2019 Published by

Making your way out of poverty not only requires determination, but also a lot of meaningful support to stabilize your life for long-term success. A fundamental component of Peterborough Social Services is the provision of case management and coaching. Life stabilization coaching is used to support participants who are pursuing…

Emotional wellness is at the root of school safety

September 16, 2019 Published by

The Austin American-Statesman Sunday edition published commentary from Ruby Payne on the root causes of gun violence, especially in schools. Toughening physical security measures only goes so far, Payne writes, “because the root causes of school shootings are emotional issues.” From the opinion piece: An acquaintance told me that during…

Racism in the United States in a global context

September 12, 2019 Published by

The New York Times’ 1619 Project is a must-read for everyone working on poverty issues. It begins this way: “In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were…

Ruby Payne’s social entrepreneurship featured by Forbes

September 10, 2019 Published by

Ruby Payne and her pioneering social enterprise, aha! Process, were featured yesterday in an article published by Forbes. Stephanie Burns, the Forbes contributor who profiles Ruby, is herself an entrepreneur. She founded Chic-CEO.com, an online resource for more than 100,000 female entrepreneurs. Her piece on Ruby highlights three things that…