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Teen Board Diversity Training
Transcript of Teen Board Diversity Training
What Are Your Resources?
Perhaps the first thing that comes to you mind
22% of children in US live in poverty.
It goes deeper than the eye can see.
Living with limited resources affects children in many ways, some more obvious than others.
Infants learn Empathy, Emotions
Knowledge of "Hidden Rules"
Relationships, Role Models
It's not just the obvious - food, clothes, money...
$23,850 for a family of four.
You need about double the federal poverty level to meet all your basic needs:
$47,700 for a family of four.
Let's say all of the pictured individuals are equally qualified.
Who will be offered the job?
If they were students, who would receive the best grade?
45% live in low-income families.
Percentages of those in poverty/low income are higher...
* in the South.
* in the West.
* in urban and rural settings.
* among minority groups - Black, Latino, Native American.
But if you don't have this face-to-face exchange of feedback with a caregiver, you don't learn to process, mirror, interpret emotions.
How should I feel about this situation? Look at caregiver to find out.
But if there is chronic anxiety or stress...
lack of self-control,
ability to concentrate
feeling of helplessness,
I have purpose.
I am special.
I'm not alone.
I don't know why I'm here.
My life does not have direction or purpose.
I'm just one more human being, trying to survive.
is the strongest predictor of the child's academic success.
Middle-class children hear
by the time they start school. Children in poverty hear
(less than 1/3 the amount).
33 million words
10 million words
Registers of Language
For written assignments, tests
For the workplace
More structured, precise punctuation, sentence structure, word choice
Formal discourse: organized, to-the-point, direct
Language between friends, casual acquaintances
Limited vocabulary (400-800 words)
General word choice
Non-verbal assists (gestures, expressions, etc.) necessary to convey meaning
Casual discourse: round-about, indirect, storytelling
Children in poverty are often not exposed to the formal register at home.
This puts them at a disadvantage for school and work.
It is harder to learn a new register than to acquire it naturally via exposure at home.
How do you succeed in a society where the schools, organizations, and well-paying jobs are governed by a middle-class set of standards, expectations, and ways of thinking that are unfamiliar to you?
What seems like "common sense" to one person may be foreign to another.
SPEND IT! Express yourself.
MANAGE IT. Security.
INVEST AND CONSERVE IT.
One-of-a kind, legacies, pedigrees.
Use it to Entertain!
If I like you, I include you and go the extra mile for you.
Did you get enough?
Personal style, expression, flair.
Revered as idea, not in practice.
Depends if I like you or not.
Survival, relationships, entertainment.
PERSONAL RESPECT, ABILITY TO FIGHT.
Use it to Acquire & Achieve.
Self-governance, self-sufficiency (don't want to ask for help.)
Did you like it?
Quality & acceptance in middle-class norms.
Crucial for climbing ladder of success.
Depends if you can provide.
POWER IN INFORMATION, INSTITUTIONS. POWER AND RESPECT SEPARATE.
Formal register. (Casual for friends, peers.)
Use it to make connections.
Social exclusion - only certain people have a place in this circle.
How was the presentation?
Artistic sense and expression (designer important).
Necessary to make and maintain connections.
WHOEVER HAS THE MONEY.
Depends on social standing and connections.
Financial, political, social connections.
Social faux pas.
POWER IN STABILITY.
As you can see, a much higher percentage of single-parent families live in poverty than two-parent families.
The following are more prevalent in poverty.
family risk factors
Low family income
Detrimental parenting strategies
Few trusting relationships
Low level of education
The presence of these risk factors puts children at higher risk of
social, emotional, behavioral
A child's relationships with adults and role models shape her own role identity and ideas about her future.
To understand a child's family structure, ask:
Who helps you with your homework?
Whom do you care about the most?
Who cares about you?
Do you work together? Is it like a competition?
Whom do you trust?
What do you think about people in charge?
What do you think or have you learned about relationships?
YOU get to be a healthy role model and trusting relationship for children who may not have many others!!!
54% of children in Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools receive free or reduced lunch.