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Head: Assessing the Impact of the Circles® Initiative on Children in Lambton County.
Principle Investigator: Anthony Iafrate, Sociology Professor & Social Science Research Liaison, Lambton College
Circles® was created to provide a transformable model for engaging the community in ending poverty. The model is rooted in social capital building principles based on constructing social relationships across race and socioeconomic class lines in order to realize more positive life outcomes for families living in poverty. The main goal of Circles® is to enhance the social capital of low income people while changing the mindset of the community about poverty and energizing the community into action.
It is known that poverty is a generational phenomenon, as most people have been stuck in poverty through two or three generations. Surprisingly most of the research in Circles® as centered on adults in poverty and there is very limited knowledge about the children that are involved.
The current research project focuses on children whose parents are in Circles® and will help in identifying the impact of poverty on their lives and improvements due to their families being involved with Circles. This research is the starting point to a much larger project on the impact Circles® has on children in poverty. The goal of this research is to examine the children of those in Circles® and specifically on the topics of educational attainment, behavioural patterns, socialization, social networks, and parents’ perspective of their child's future.
Benefits of this research project include but are not limited to helping to identify and assess the impact of the children involved in Circles, to identify areas of improvement or gaps in the current Circles Intuitive, allow for further research to be conducted which will help identify the direct impact of Circles and allows for further examination on how to achieve better educational success rates in children.
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