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Using Brain Science to Create New Pathways out of Poverty: Beth Babcock at TEDxBeaconStreet

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Published on Dec 6, 2013

It wasn't that long ago that finding a job to get out of poverty was pretty straightforward. Jobs were plentiful and you didn't need a lot of education to find a good job and decent wages in construction, transportation, or the public sector. But the world has changed drastically since then. Family sustaining jobs now require education beyond high-school, public supports for the poor have been slashed, and the bottom half of Americans are losing earnings. This talk will show how we use new findings from science and technology to help us design better programs that lead to new pathways out of poverty.

Beth Babcock is the president and CEO of Crittenton Women's Union and has studied the effects of poverty on executive functioning. Under Babcock's direction, Crittenton Women's Union is currently researching methods of coaching to positively affect impoverished adults.

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