July 8, 2013

GavinGavin is a 15-year-old who is wise beyond his years. In our short time inter­view­ing him, we get a glimpse into his life and learn how poverty has deeply affected him. He makes it very clear how peo­ple look at him and treat him dif­fer­ently because he has less money than his peers. He also shares how he just moved into a new home, and isn’t quite sure how safe it is because he hasn’t had the time to check out the neighborhood.

What does Gavin say poverty feels like? “It’s depress­ing. It’s kind of some­thing that you try to hide from every­one else. Like, walk­ing around school you try to not let other kids know that you are poor because know­ing that you are in a lower social rank than them…they just seem to attack.” Gavin feels that peo­ple are treated dif­fer­ently based on their income — “Peo­ple treat us like we’re not people.”

Even though Gavin is fac­ing some tough times, “the thought that things get bet­ter in the end” and “things can turn around” is some­thing he remains hope­ful for. He explains that he plans on hav­ing another good 60 years in his life, and that gives him hope that things can always get better.

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  • The training taught me to “manage what I have better and be more aware of the stress level it causes to not be able to meet ‘your’ needs.” (Poverty Awareness Training participant)