1 in 3 people in St. Louis live in poverty.
Shocking, right? Or maybe you have heard statistics like this before. The problem is, sometimes it is hard to see the true effects of statistics. It is difficult to understand how they affect our own communities, our own families, or ourselves.
Let us try to lay out a clear picture of the "poverty pipeline", and how investing in individual people can transform a whole city.
Growing up in poverty doesn’t just impact a person’s day-to-day reality. It has the power to determine their entire future. Right now in the United States, a kid’s socioeconomic status is a better indicator of college graduation than academic ability.
That means that a child’s zip code is more telling about their future success than how hard they work.
Poverty affects their entire lives.
This is the poverty pipeline:
This doesn't have to be the reality.
When we walk alongside people in our city, the return on investment is life change.
Your investment provides opportunity for people to transform their lives.
Shaun used to be caught in a generational cycle of crime and poverty. In Job & Leadership Training (JLT), Shaun gained leadership skills, job training and an internship. Upon graduation, he secured full-time employment at a local charter school.
As individuals transform their lives, they rise as leaders and inspire family members to work their way out of poverty too.
With a stable income, Shaun is able to provide for his family. As a new father, Shaun is excited to be a role model to his newborn son and looks forward to helping him grow into a leader himself.
Your impact moves beyond families - it becomes a community-wide impact that rewrites the future for our city.
Shaun's family is stabilized and he's a leader for his children and wife. His friends also take notice and enroll in JLT themselves. Shaun and his family are surrounded by a community of support.