“Hey, we matter too!” Charisse King reminds readers in her poem “My Life in Poverty.” She wrote the poem during a Getting Ahead in a Just-Gettin’-By World module titled “What Life Is Like Now.” During this module, Getting Ahead investigators examine the impact of poverty on themselves and their communities.

Charisse’s poem describes the reality of poverty in chilling detail. But, same as in Getting Ahead, there is a “light at the end of the tunnel”: The examination of the current reality forms the foundation for a brighter future story.

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