July 8, 2013

TristanTris­tan is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at her local com­mu­nity col­lege.  She is very strong willed and has endured some med­ical com­pli­ca­tions at birth which con­tributes to this strength.  She is the sec­ond old­est of seven chil­dren.  Tris­tan is extremely help­ful to her par­ents when needed by con­tribut­ing to clean­ing house and help­ing her younger sib­lings with homework.

Like her sis­ter, Jor­dan, she also believes that peo­ple are treated dif­fer­ently based on their income. While she hasn’t expe­ri­enced this per­son­ally, she explains how “some­times rich peo­ple make fun of poor peo­ple who are on the roads sometimes.”

When she talks about what oth­ers do for her that make her feel good, she talks about being respected and lis­tened to. This is a com­mon com­ment that comes up when we inter­view peo­ple about their poverty expe­ri­ences. Even though Tris­tan talks about this in rela­tion to how oth­ers make her feel good, and not about her poverty expe­ri­ence directly, it high­lights the impor­tance of respect and how that can go a long way.

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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)