The latest brain science research shows that poverty causes chronic stress, which can act as a roadblock to progress, preventing people from planning for future success. That’s where EMPath’s Mobility Mentoring comes in.

Mobility Mentoring pairs low-income people with trained mentors, who use a coaching method rooted in the latest brain science. Mobility Mentoring aims to overcome the extreme stresses of poverty, by improving focus, planning, and decision-making. It’s designed to help people achieve future-oriented goals, despite the immediate challenges of poverty that pop up all around.

Providing Support That Empowers

Science says poverty creates special stress-related challenges that sets up a vicious cycle.

Beth Babcock, member of the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty, explains the theory, and strategies, behind EMPath’s work.

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes

Poverty causes chronic stress. Stress acts as a roadblock, which prevents people from setting, and achieving, their long-term goals.

Harvard University’s Center on the Developing Child, an EMPath partner, describes how the chronic stress of poverty can stifle potential success. The way to overcome the roadblock of poverty, and the chronic stress that accompanies it, is to help people develop skills like planning and decision-making.