85% of all juveniles who interact with the juvenile court system are functionally low literate. Did you know that not only are low literacy rates associated with higher rates of crime, but they also make it difficult for individuals to break the cycle of poverty and dependence on welfare?
Not only did the war on drugs disproportionately affect the African American community, it also turned out to be a rather ineffective approach to combating drug use. Despite stricter laws and increased incarceration rates down through the years, drug use has not decreased in the United States.
When I go in to teach some of my Cross-Cultural Literacy Sessions, I’ve found that there are some words and phrases that I need to be pretty careful with using, or I literally risk losing the ear & heart of many of the white people that I am trying to help navigate this world of race & culture.
I was in conversation with a white guy and he made a statement in which he said he “believes race relations were actually better 10 to 15 years ago.” So here’s the question: “Were race relations actually better 10 to 15 years ago?”
I want to talk to you about the two things that I believe are very important keys to working in inner-city environments and have made all the difference in the world for me personally when it has come to reaching people. These two things would be consistency and relationship.
Here’s what I need you to know, if you work in inner city environments you’re going to have to realize that there are two different types of people out here. There is person number one who actually needs real help. Then, there in person number two; and this person is out looking for people who want to provide real help.
True multiculturalism can be one of life’s greatest gifts, but in today’s environment it can come with plenty of challenges. Join PLAIN ENGLISH Founder, Jay English, as he has fun, engaging and honest conversations while answering difficult questions pertaining to issues of race and culture.
Each one of our Cross-Cultural Literacy Sessions focuses on engaging both the mind (through humor & fact based story-telling) and the heart (through personality, personal experience & transparency). Check out our core sessions here.
Racism. Those six little letters make up a small word that has had such an enormous impact on our nation.
Many of us take literacy for granted because a portion of our population has always had access to it.