Impact University: Portraits of Poverty

Economics of Poverty

A Migrant Farmworker’s Words for Trump >

Reyna arrived to the United States in 1999 at the age of 14. She immediately began working on a conventional farm, where there was extensive use of chemical pesticides. "We don't see a lot of justice for our environment," she says in this short film, Una Mala Hierba.

Healthcare

Middle-Aged White Americans Are Dying of Despair >

Khazan, Olga. (2015-11-04, The Atlantic): Even as longevity increases across the rich world, uneducated white Americans are living sicker and dying earlier. Two economists speculate on the reasons why.

Poverty

All Hollowed Out: The lonely poverty of America’s white working class >

Chen, Victor Tan. (2016-01-16, The Atlantic): "Problems of mental health and addiction have taken a terrible toll on whites in America—though seemingly not in other wealthy nations—and the least educated among them have fared the worst."

Criminal Justice

Hometown >

Alan King, Sr., 37, has lived in the Frayser neighborhood of North Memphis for nearly three decades. In his own words, Alan details his troubled adolescence and how he and…

Early Childhood

Xavier >

Xavier knows that there are a lot of negative perceptions about his Memphis neighborhood and the people who live there.  And yes, his neighborhood has its share of problems -- but there…

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