ERIC Number: ED310904
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Not Poor in Spirit: Hope for Kentucky's Low-Income Families and Children.
Gall-Clayton, Nancy; Chandler, Betsy, Ed.
This report tells the stories of dozens of low-income families from all parts of Kentucky. It is a personal report, compiled after 4 months of travel and interviews. The report also makes recommendations for improvements in programs designed to serve impoverished families. The introduction discusses the seeming paradoxes of poverty and generosity, powerlessness and strength, and futility and hope that exist within the families. Chapter 1 records the stories of single women raising children on low-wage jobs or federal benefits. At present, most families who are together fall between the cracks of Kentucky's human services programs. Chapter 2 includes stories that illustrate the current shortcomings in Kentucky's health programs. Chapter 3 discusses the issue of low-income housing. Chapter 4 deals with public education and low-income families. While parents place a high value on education, too often their children are stigmatized by a system that helps label them as "poor." Social and economic pressures push such students out of school. Chapter 5, "Success Stories: The GED and Beyond," shows that even the most depressing stories can have a happy ending. Most of these stories are testaments to the benefits of additional education for the parents. The executive summary includes recommendations for policy changes, designed to counter problems related to poverty in Kentucky. (TES)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Change Strategies, Educational Benefits, Educationally Disadvantaged, Elementary Secondary Education, Health Programs, High Risk Students, Interviews, Low Income Groups, One Parent Family, Poverty Areas, Poverty Programs, Rural Areas, Rural Family, Urban Areas
Kentucky Youth Advocates, Inc., 2024 Woodford Place, Louisville, KY 40205 (1-19 copies, $3.00 each; over 20, $1.50 each).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Kentucky Youth Advocates, Inc., Louisville.
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky