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Who are our clients

  1. 1. Who Are Our Students? Environment vs. Agency Macheo Payne Lincoln Child Center August 2010
  2. 2. Introductions Where are you from? <ul><li>Who is from Oakland? </li></ul><ul><li>Who was in middle school in the 1990’s? </li></ul><ul><li>Who grew up listening to Rap? </li></ul><ul><li>Who has been in my training before? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Training Goals <ul><li>Frame the context in which our students live. </li></ul><ul><li>Present key factors that impact our students lives. </li></ul><ul><li>Generate questions </li></ul>
  4. 4. Lincoln Client Demographics <ul><li>Primarily African American & Latino </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily Alameda County residents </li></ul><ul><li>Primarily from low income households (under $36,000 yearly household income) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Background <ul><li>Lincoln’s client population is impacted by a high level of poverty and low educational attainment. </li></ul><ul><li>The result of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>and low education is </li></ul><ul><li>poor health outcomes. </li></ul><ul><li>3. This population is devastated by community and family violence. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Equal Opportunity? Inequality and inequity is still the order of the day <ul><li>Let’s pretend that the playing field is level </li></ul><ul><li>Decent Life </li></ul><ul><li> Upper class </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>Starting Line Middle Class </li></ul><ul><li> Lower class </li></ul>
  7. 7. Risk vs. Protective Factors <ul><li>Risk Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Environment </li></ul><ul><li>SES (income, class, social status) </li></ul><ul><li>Race, gender, SO, label </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Poverty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community violence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trauma </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neglect </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Poor schools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of nutrition </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Broken family structure </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Protective Factors </li></ul><ul><li>Supportive relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Positive engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Education </li></ul>
  8. 8. What We All Need Why they won’t focus on what you’re talking about
  9. 9. Environment and Stress Does inequality make you sick?? <ul><li>Fight, flight or freeze: </li></ul><ul><li>Cortisol helps the body respond to stress. Performs critical functions in the body. </li></ul><ul><li>When people are exposed to a high level of stress on a consistent basis, they experience a constant dose of stress hormones like cortisol. </li></ul><ul><li>This happens when people are exposed to multiple negative stressors and the absence of resources to cope. </li></ul><ul><li>This constant doping of the system causes significant levels of imbalance that eventually lead to serious health problems, disease, and death. </li></ul><ul><li>A primary contributor to constant levels of stress is the degree to which one has the feeling AND ability to control ones own destiny. </li></ul><ul><li>Most of our students are acutely aware of their positioning in society. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Environment and Stress Does inequality make you sick??
  11. 11. Strength-Based <ul><li>“ The strength of someone who has endured the greatest hardship is best equipped for creating great social change.” </li></ul><ul><li>Harriet Tubman suffered narcoleptic seisures and severe headaches and recurring blackouts. </li></ul><ul><li>She risked her personal freedom and freed over 300 slaves. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Strength-Based All behavior reflects a strength or a hidden strength <ul><li>Name some of the hidden strengths that the students exhibit: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Manipulative < Creative & innovative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Persistent < Resilient </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bold < Courageous </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outspoken < Honest & transparent </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social < Social capital, teamwork </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 21 st Century Competencies <ul><li>Corresponding skill sets and individual resilient behaviors </li></ul><ul><li>21 st century skill set Cultural Resiliency competencies </li></ul><ul><li>Critical Analysis Acculturation </li></ul><ul><li>Adaptability and Agility Navigation of borders </li></ul><ul><li>Teamwork Social Capital </li></ul><ul><li>Multi/Bilingual Inter/Intra cultural communication </li></ul><ul><li>Innovation and Imagination Self-expression </li></ul>
  14. 14. What Do I Do With THIS? Making this information useful <ul><li>Look at ALL behaviors differently and you will respond differently. </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance, defiance and rebellion are all attempts to gain a sense of power and control. </li></ul><ul><li>We all choose according to what we are comfortable with, not what we know. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Impact <ul><li>Therefore, the impact of socioeconomic factors is the single most critical factor in the clients life. </li></ul><ul><li>Environmental factors heavily influence a persons level of access to opportunities in society </li></ul>
  16. 16. Empathy Activity <ul><li>You should not present yourself to students everyday unless you can do the following. </li></ul><ul><li>Imagine the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Your mother or father going to jail for 20 years. </li></ul><ul><li>Your sibling being raped or molested by another member of your family- maybe your father or uncle or older brother. </li></ul><ul><li>Your cousin or closest friend being shot and killed at point blank range. </li></ul><ul><li>Yourself, having dropped out of school after the 8 th grade. </li></ul><ul><li>Having to sell drugs or your body to buy food and clothes for yourself and siblings. </li></ul><ul><li>Being told by someone you look up to and respect that you ain’t shit and you ain’t never going to be shit. </li></ul><ul><li>Closer to home: </li></ul><ul><li>Losing your job today </li></ul><ul><li>Getting broken into and losing all your valuables </li></ul><ul><li>Losing the closest person in your life </li></ul><ul><li>. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Questions? <ul><li>Thank You for your participation! </li></ul>