What keeps people in poverty? What are the barriers that keep this man from feeding his children or that woman from maintaining a job?
The answers are complicated, and the solutions are varied. But, according to the Self Sufficiency Clearinghouse, a lack of career readiness, disabilities, low-literacy, and other soft-skill deficiencies can be major barriers for individuals in becoming self-sufficient*. Education and training programs that focus on developing marketable skills, including those that focus on industries and sectors with available jobs represent an opportunity for individuals and families to achieve sustainable self-sufficiency.
We want to be part of providing opportunity. As a result, our mission is to provide enriching seed-to-table educational experiences as solutions to hunger and poverty for the youth of our city.
At Tulsa’s Table, we recognize that approximately one third of Tulsa’s citizens do not have the educational background or job skills to earn a salary that would place them squarely in the category of being “self-sufficient.” And another third is at risk of the same. As a result, our purpose is to empower at-risk youth with critical job and life skills that move them toward self-sufficient lives. To enhance career readiness, we provide educational and work experiences that:
- engage in agricultural, culinary and micro-business learning and work practices;
- strengthen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) knowledge base;
- develop marketable job skills; and
- increase employment and interpersonal life skills.
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* Self-sufficiency means families are able to meet their basic needs without having to rely on any public or private assistance. In Tulsa County, the self-sufficiency standard is $39,978 or $18.93 per hour for a single parent with two children.