~ By Colette
Three years ago we published our issue on Teen Coping. Within that issue is the article “Adolescent Coping with Poverty-Related Stress” about the effects of poverty-related stress on teens, and how helping youth and families deal with the stress of poverty is one way we can help them escape poverty. This article was the seed for our just released issue on Poverty and Youth.
Today with nearly 4 in 10 American adolescents living in poverty or near poverty, this issue is more important than ever. In our Poverty and Youth issue we focus on helping those who work with youth understand why youth and families are living in poverty, how that poverty affects teens, how we can work with parents, and the impact of federally funded education and job training programs.
We also have a wonderful podcast with Jennifer Rogalsky about education and the “culture of poverty.” In this podcast Dr. Rogalsky illustrates ways educators can shift from the “culture of poverty” paradigm to improve the classroom experience for low-income youth.
We look forward to your comments about the issue and how it helps (or doesn’t) as you work with youth.
Colette Kimball, MPH, is associate editor of The Prevention Researcher.