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Who are our clients Who are our clients Presentation Transcript

  • Who Are Our Students? Environment vs. Agency Macheo Payne Lincoln Child Center August 2010
  • Introductions Where are you from?
    • Who is from Oakland?
    • Who was in middle school in the 1990’s?
    • Who grew up listening to Rap?
    • Who has been in my training before?
  • Training Goals
    • Frame the context in which our students live.
    • Present key factors that impact our students lives.
    • Generate questions
  • Lincoln Client Demographics
    • Primarily African American & Latino
    • Primarily Alameda County residents
    • Primarily from low income households (under $36,000 yearly household income)
  • Background
    • Lincoln’s client population is impacted by a high level of poverty and low educational attainment.
    • The result of poverty
    • and low education is
    • poor health outcomes.
    • 3. This population is devastated by community and family violence.
  • Equal Opportunity? Inequality and inequity is still the order of the day
    • Let’s pretend that the playing field is level
    • Decent Life
    • Upper class
    • Starting Line Middle Class
    • Lower class
  • Risk vs. Protective Factors
    • Risk Factors
    • Environment
    • SES (income, class, social status)
    • Race, gender, SO, label
      • Poverty
      • Community violence
      • Trauma
      • Neglect
      • Poor schools
      • Lack of nutrition
      • Broken family structure
    • Protective Factors
    • Supportive relationships
    • Positive engagement
    • Skills
    • Education
  • What We All Need Why they won’t focus on what you’re talking about
  • Environment and Stress Does inequality make you sick??
    • Fight, flight or freeze:
    • Cortisol helps the body respond to stress. Performs critical functions in the body.
    • When people are exposed to a high level of stress on a consistent basis, they experience a constant dose of stress hormones like cortisol.
    • This happens when people are exposed to multiple negative stressors and the absence of resources to cope.
    • This constant doping of the system causes significant levels of imbalance that eventually lead to serious health problems, disease, and death.
    • A primary contributor to constant levels of stress is the degree to which one has the feeling AND ability to control ones own destiny.
    • Most of our students are acutely aware of their positioning in society.
  • Environment and Stress Does inequality make you sick??
  • Strength-Based
    • “ The strength of someone who has endured the greatest hardship is best equipped for creating great social change.”
    • Harriet Tubman suffered narcoleptic seisures and severe headaches and recurring blackouts.
    • She risked her personal freedom and freed over 300 slaves.
  • Strength-Based All behavior reflects a strength or a hidden strength
    • Name some of the hidden strengths that the students exhibit:
      • Manipulative < Creative & innovative
      • Persistent < Resilient
      • Bold < Courageous
      • Outspoken < Honest & transparent
      • Social < Social capital, teamwork
  • 21 st Century Competencies
    • Corresponding skill sets and individual resilient behaviors
    • 21 st century skill set Cultural Resiliency competencies
    • Critical Analysis Acculturation
    • Adaptability and Agility Navigation of borders
    • Teamwork Social Capital
    • Multi/Bilingual Inter/Intra cultural communication
    • Innovation and Imagination Self-expression
  • What Do I Do With THIS? Making this information useful
    • Look at ALL behaviors differently and you will respond differently.
    • Resistance, defiance and rebellion are all attempts to gain a sense of power and control.
    • We all choose according to what we are comfortable with, not what we know.
  • Impact
    • Therefore, the impact of socioeconomic factors is the single most critical factor in the clients life.
    • Environmental factors heavily influence a persons level of access to opportunities in society
  • Empathy Activity
    • You should not present yourself to students everyday unless you can do the following.
    • Imagine the following:
    • Your mother or father going to jail for 20 years.
    • Your sibling being raped or molested by another member of your family- maybe your father or uncle or older brother.
    • Your cousin or closest friend being shot and killed at point blank range.
    • Yourself, having dropped out of school after the 8 th grade.
    • Having to sell drugs or your body to buy food and clothes for yourself and siblings.
    • Being told by someone you look up to and respect that you ain’t shit and you ain’t never going to be shit.
    • Closer to home:
    • Losing your job today
    • Getting broken into and losing all your valuables
    • Losing the closest person in your life
    • .
  • Questions?
    • Thank You for your participation!