Ruby K. Payne

First-generation College Students from Poverty Have Many Hurdles

I have helped many young people with financial support for college, both personally and through my company. This year I am funding a young man we’ll call John. John comes from a very rural area of the United States and from extreme financial instability. While both of his parents work and make good money, family drug addictions eliminate any available cash and the family’s stability.

Ruby K. Payne

Low-income Kids Need to Be Taught How to Negotiate Life

In under-resourced households, one often has these three choices when it comes to dealing with an issue: flee, fight or flow. But there is a fourth response that is not understood, considered or learned when you come from an under-resourced household. That response is negotiation.

Ruby K. Payne

How to Develop Youth in Under-Resourced Neighborhoods

One of the characteristics of under-resourced neighborhoods around the world is the lack of work or intermittent work for males. A brilliant sociologist from Harvard, William Julius Wilson (“When Work Disappears”), states, “If you want to break a culture, all you have to do is take work away from men because it changes identity.”