Gavin 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.