1 in 6 children in Massachusetts grow up in poverty — for a family of four with two children, that was $23,283 per year in 2012.
Children who experience poverty before the age of 9 are at higher risk of developing behavioral disorders, greater morbidity for chronic disease, and are more prone to developing “learned helplessness” behaviors, factors that lead to gaps in college attainment and socioeconomic status as adults. This is the generational cycle of poverty.
They enroll in a community college for a certificate or associate degree program.
The job supplements their income and builds skills for the working world.
This person now begins a career with better pay and advancement opportunities.
The child of the parent now has a higher chance of attending college and being successful.
“Access to a work study job in a field relevant to a student’s course of study and vital support services has been shown to improve employment skills and graduation rates. It is the type of experience that can transform the potential for TAFDC families to succeed. Chairmen Sannicandro and Moore’s proposed bill would do just this and we at CWU stand 100% behind their efforts to pass this critical bill.”Elizabeth Babcock, CEO of Crittenton Women’s Union
"This is an important, innovative way we can be serving more people, creating jobs, and closing the skills gap."Michael Moore
"This is an important bill that will lift families out of poverty, create jobs, grow the economy, and give people the opportunity to be successful."Tom Sannicandro