Generational Poverty

Generational poverty occurs when a family is in poverty for two or more generations. In the Project 17 region 15.9% of the population is living below the poverty level, including over 15,000 children. Families facing this issue are typically living day to day with a focus on survival, so long-term planning and education are typically not at the forefront, causing the poverty cycle to continue from generation to generation.

Long-term support with focus on training and educating those in poverty to become part of a qualified workforce can help move families in the region out of poverty, lowering overall stress, and increasing overall health levels for the entire family. Getting children out of poverty now can affect their education and workforce skills for the future by helping them retain good jobs as they grow up. Breaking the generational poverty cycle will benefit the region’s economic development and therefore create a better quality of life for all residents.


Ways to Break the Cycle

Anti-Poverty Programs

Anti-Poverty Programs art a key poverty reduction strategy for Project 17. A 12 week curriculum helps participants identify their long-term goals, barriers to achieving those goals, and then develop a plan to help them make positive changes with the ultimate goal to move out of poverty. Participants are then matched with a mentor, called an Ally, to give them support network and social capital. For more information contact us.

  • Pittsburg- Monday Night
  • Chanute- Tuesday Night
  • Miami County- Tuesday Night
  • Fort Scott- Wednesday Night
  • Franklin County- Thursday Night
  • Iola- Contact Thrive Allen County for more information.



Soft Skills Programs & Training

The Project 17 “Get a Job, Keep a Job” team is addressing the deficiency of soft skills in the region. Many training programs are available in and near the area to help properly prepare a talented workforce.

Soft Skills Programs & Helpful Websites



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Data Sources: 2012 ACS 5-Year Estimates, Census Bureau; Current Population Survey, BLS; CINC Intake Reports, Kansas DCF