The American Dream is premised on the idea that the circumstances of your birth should not determine how far you can rise. Yet, a growing body of research shows that a child’s ZIP code too often limits his or her life chances. Factors such as failing schools, dangerous streets, lack of quality jobs, and a dearth of community resources come together to perpetuate poverty. A new report suggests even more bad news for the American Dream: where you live isn’t just correlated with how high up the ladder you can climb; it also helps to determine the point at which you fall off altogether. by Melissa Boteach
Begin Anew sees the reality of this research daily in the lives of our students. Understanding that the ZIP codes of our students can present obstacles, Begin Anew assists students to move toward economic or post-secondary education and training opportunities. Begin Anew also provides expanded social resources as they build relationships with volunteers and staff (Social Capital) who live outside their neighborhoods and socio-economic community. They receive the networking and resources needed to offset their ZIP Code, and the choice to change their ZIP code in the future. Begin Anew’s transformational community can also significantly reduce the chronic stress associated with a wide variety of illness affecting life expectancy in poverty.
We invite you to join us today and transform the circumstances of the area’s 19.9% who live in poverty and are struggling to overcome its many accompanying obstacles and health issues.