Generational Poverty in America
Dr. Donna M. Beegle - President / Founder Communication Across Barriers, a national and international gold-standard consulting firm, dedicated to building poverty informed communities that are armed with tools to break barriers, she works directly with children and adults currently in poverty, as well as all professionals who want to make a difference for those living in the crisis of poverty. After growing up in generational migrant-labor poverty, leaving school at 15 to get married, and having two children while continuing to cope with poverty, Donna Beegle found herself—at 25—with no husband, little education, and no job skills. Within 10 short years, she gained the confidence to get her GED and advance through to a Doctorate Degree. All these experiences provide Dr. Beegle with an authentic voice to speak, write, and train across the nation to break the iron cage of poverty. Dr. Beegle is also the founder of the Opportunity Community movement which provides the foundation for a contemporary war on poverty. Dr. Beegle’s inspiring story and work have been featured in newspapers around the nation, on local TV and on National programs such as PBS. Her family and her work on breaking poverty barriers was a featured PBS documentary titled: Invisible Nation. She was a guest speaker t on CNN's "The Other America" segment.
Dr. Beegle earned A.A. in Journalism, a B.A. (with honors) Communications, Master’s in Communication minor in Gender Studies University of Portland and Doctorate’s Educational Leadership Portland State University.
Otis Bullock, Jr., Esq., - Executive Director of Diversified Community Services, Diversified Community Services provides a wide range of social services to promote the healthy development of children and families; and is deeply engaged in community economic development work in Point Breeze Neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Mr. Bullock as Deputy Executive Director at the Mayor’s Office of Community Service and as the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office of Community Service during Michael Nutter’s tenure as Mayor of Philadelphia. As Executive Director of the Mayor’s office of Community Service, he was responsible for managing about $7 million of state and federal grant funds, and developing anti-poverty initiatives for the Administration. He earned Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from West Chester University and his law degree from Temple University School of Law.
Mr. Bullock dedicated his career to fighting poverty, strengthening communities, and ensuring equal opportunity for all Philadelphians.
The Definition of Poverty - Condition where people's basic needs for food, clothing, and shelter are not being met. Poverty is generally of two types: (1) Absolute poverty is synonymous with destitution and occurs when people cannot obtain adequate resources (measured in terms of calories or nutrition) to support a minimum level of physical health. Absolute poverty means about the same everywhere, and can be eradicated as demonstrated by some countries. (2) Relative poverty occurs when people do not enjoy a certain minimum level of living standards as determined by a government (and enjoyed by the bulk of the population) that vary from country to country, sometimes within the same country. 15 % of the population was considered poor in 2012, about 46 million people; there’s a lot of variation in that rate by age (it’s much higher for children and much lower for older people), by race (it’s radically higher for African-Americans and Hispanics), by geography (it’s higher in the South, as it always has been and it’s now growing fastest in the suburbs). Generational poverty can be defined as having been in poverty for at least two generations. It is also associated with several key factors such as:
Hopelessness, Surviving rather than planning, Counterproductive traditions
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