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Strive2Thrive helps break the cycle of poverty

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

An article in the New York Times says Dougherty County is one of the worst in the country at helping poor children up the income ladder.

The article was based on a study by two Harvard economists. It said children raised in Dougherty County will make 14-percent less money at age 26 than average children.

Strive 2 Thrive has many success stories of breaking the cycle of poverty. Poverty is something that plagues many families in Dougherty County. A recent study ranked the County as one of the worst counties in helping poor children up the income ladder, ranking it 64th out of more than 24 hundred counties in the country.

“Because one of the things in poverty is not just the lack of resources, but their mindsets,” said Alvita Swain, Strive 2 Thrive Executive Director.

Since starting in 2009, Strive 2 Thrive has helped more than 300 men, women, and children break the cycle of poverty.

“Helping people to understand why they're where they are, why the situations are the way they are and then to help them develop a future story, “said Swain.

They are using education and mentoring to do so.

“They go through parenting classes..personal development, professional development, FDIC money smart classes as well as leadership."

They also pair their participants with middle class mentors...who learn from each other.

“At the end of the day community engagement is so very important."

The right mindset is also key to getting out of poverty.

“It really takes a decision, and a desire to want to move beyond, but it also takes support," continued Swain.

Strive 2 Thrive is currently serving 32 families.

Swain said the program is expanding and becoming more diverse. They're also continuing to build a youth program.

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