With access to resources everyone can control their future. In my opinion, the underlying root cause preventing people from achieving their full potential lies with not knowing what or how to access educational resources that are available to them. If we can empower people with the knowledge of ways for self-improvement, we can help open up opportunities for them to succeed.
Social issues are impacted by low literacy. According to proliteracy.org via The National Institute for Literacy, 43% percent of adults with the lowest literacy levels live in poverty and 70% are welfare recipients. There is a clear correlation between more education and higher earnings, and between higher educational scores and higher earnings.
When someone is provided access to resources to educate themselves they can achieve their goals. I found a great resource guide created by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), “Resource Guide for Underserved Student Populations”. They developed this tool to assist school librarians to work together with education professionals to develop school library programs that better understand and serve their diverse and underserved students. It is a guide with information, strategies, and tools for school librarians to focus on five underserved K-12 student populations, whose circumstances may not provide them access to traditional learning materials.
I am First Generation American. I emigrated from Taiwan to the United States when I was a small child. English is my second language. The library was an invaluable resource in increasing my English language skills and educating myself on an endless number of topics. Libraries are often overlooked as an aid for providing educational and vocational resources to learn additional skills and many offer literacy programs.
Moreover, to be successful you need to be willing to work hard and be accountable. I recently came across this quote, “Attract what you expect, reflect what you desire, become who you respect, mirror what you admire” on lifehack.org that embodies “You get back what you are willing to put into it.”
They say “Knowledge is power.” The following is one of the resources out there that I found informative in staying informed about social issues.
Society is stronger as-a-whole when there are more positive participants. With the right means everyone can lift themselves up.
Go for good and empower yourself!