Combating Persistent Poverty
Every child has strong foundational needs that must be met to ensure healthy human development. Parents and/or guardians bear the primary responsibility for meeting these needs – responsive caregiving, safe and secure environments, positive and health conscious behaviors – but in many communities, they can’t do it alone. Kids living in low-income and distressed communities encounter negative forces and obstacles that kids in wealthier communities might never face. If we want to improve the outcomes of these kids, we need to work together to support and enhance what is happening at home.
There are a number of areas in which we can help strengthen a child’s foundational needs. In a recent White Paper addressing the issue of poverty in distressed neighborhoods, the authors wrote that we “should aim to transform neighborhoods that now trap children in poverty into neighborhoods that launch them toward a better future.” Together with our partners, we are changing the trajectories of so many youth by providing greater access to quality educational programs, health-promoting services and safe places to play.
When an HOLA youth walks through our doors, he/she knows that they will be getting what they need in a safe and supportive environment.