After exploring the facts around Poverty, the following resources will help classroom teachers, community, church and service group leaders, home schoolers and other educators initiate meaningful discussions about poverty in America today. Resources are designed to help individuals and groups not only begin to understand the size and scope of the problem but also start thinking about the ways in which they can take action to help create awareness about poverty in their communities.
THE RESOURCES INCLUDED HAVE BEEN DIVIDED INTO THREE UNITS, BASED ON AGE AND GRADE LEVEL:
EACH UNIT IS THEN FURTHER DIVIDED INTO FOUR SECTIONS:
Focus: The main theme, topic, or concept covered in the unit, together with introductory remarks suitable for reading aloud to your group.
Activity: Endeavors designed to get your group members thinking not only about the life of those in poverty, but their own lives as well.
Getting Involved: Community-oriented activities that can be pursued either in a group setting or on their own – activities that, by encouraging community involvement, will help your group further its understanding of poverty in America.
Learning more: Suggested resources – both print and online – for further exploration of topics and issues related to poverty in America.
The EPIC Curriculum, a toolkit for Young Advocates, is an interactive, interdisciplinary curriculum for youth ministry programs and high school classrooms. The lessons introduce participants to the epidemic of poverty in the United States and to the steps they can take to work with the poor in eliminating the root causes of poverty today. The curriculum comprises six lessons with classroom-ready handouts, warm-up exercises and reflection activities that reinforce student learning and inspire a faith response.
POVERTY AWARENESS MONTH
January is Poverty Awareness Month! Respond to Pope Francis' challenge to listen to the needs of and empower persons in poverty by participating in Poverty Awareness Month. An online and print calendar (also en Español) includes daily ways to learn about poverty, get inspired by how communities are responding, and take action with others.
In addition to the calendar are longer daily reflections (also en Español) and a pastoral aid (also en Español). You can also sign up to receive the daily reflections by email.