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ERIC Number: EJ870941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: ISSN-0951-8398
"When One Person Makes It, We All Make It": A Study of "Beyond Welfare", a Women-Centered Community-Based Organization that Helps Low-Income Mothers Achieve Personal and Academic Success
Bloom, Leslie Rebecca
International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE), v22 n4 p485-503 Jul 2009
Access to post-secondary education for welfare recipients has been profoundly curtailed by social and welfare policies. However, many low-income mothers know that post-secondary education is the best means to escape poverty. This article focuses on five "student mothers" who have persisted in fulfilling their dreams of a college education with the aid of Beyond Welfare, a community-based organization (CBO) that helps soften the hardships of juggling family, college, and work while in poverty. Based on interviews with five Beyond Welfare participants, this article explores the organization's role in supporting the student mothers' personal and academic success. This article illustrates how important it is for student mothers to have a supportive community, education focused on the structural barriers to leaving poverty, and encouragement for academic success. To conclude, the article reflects on why educators need to become involved in activism and research on behalf of low-income families. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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