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Breaking the Cycle

“How can we teach our kids to have high hopes if we don’t have high hopes? If we have no self-esteem within ourselves?”

Active 2008-2012
 

“It’s just that it feels like I try and I never get over that.  I’ve been working since I was sixteen, but it’s like I can’t get hold of anything. It’s like when I do qualify for once to receive some of the programs that the government has, I’m always  told that I have to pay a higher co-pay than everybody else.   I do thank God for me having to pay $60, compared to if I had to pay for her which would be $250, but it’s just hard."

Active 2008-Present
 

I’m going to have a career.  I’m going to take my kids, and I’m going to take them out of here.  I want to go somewhere nice—to a nice neighborhood where they have clean playgrounds, where you don’t see a lot of violence.  Although it’s hard, because it’s everywhere.  No matter where you try to go, violence is everywhere.  It’s hard.

Active 2008-Present
 

"I always say I would never give up on my kids. I always would try to do the best for them to at least graduate from high school because I’m not going to be able to afford for them to go to college or anything like that...I will never give up on them. I will always push them and try my best."

Active 2008-Present
 

"I went through a lot of stuff, but it’s all done with. I’m all right now, so I've got to move forward, can’t go back and change everything. The thing I tell my kids is don’t make the same mistakes."

Active 2008-Present
 

"I’m concerned with all my children but my son most definitely, especially with the young black men going to jail and killing one another.  My heart really goes out to him.  I tell him when I wash his football clothes, ‘Oh, mommy loves washing football clothes’ because that’s what I want him to do.  He’s eight, he’s getting older, and look at what he sees.  When he gets a couple years older I want to send him to some charter school.  That’s why I want him to keep his grades up."

Active 2008-2012
 

"I had my three children to have someone to love me."

See Melissa featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer

Active 2008-Present
 

"I don’t think a human on this earth can love until they have a baby."

See Tamika featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Tamika is 29 and has two children, aged 3 and 4. 

Active 2008-Present
 

“I overcome my barriers by waking up every day, taking my daughter to school, taking my other daughter to daycare.  Going out there, going to school, knowing that I’m about to be something.  I’m about to get a better job, or I’m about to be a better person for my kids, because I’m striving for a better me, to raise my kids in a better environment."

See Shearine featured in the Philadelphia Daily News and in this trailer for the upcoming documentary Hungry in America.

Active 2008-Present

"The key is to prevent everybody needing welfare.  The key is to get people off welfare.  You don’t want this to keep being a repeated cycle. It seems like it’s a repeated cycle, and it gets worse."

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