AL Kidz Program Promotes Family Resiliency
The Love INC model is needs based rather than income based. In the Abundant Living program we serve families and individuals who demonstrate financial need and a desire to break the cycle of living in need throughout the Boise community.
Population Needs Addressed by Abundant Living/AL Kidz:
- Equipping Parents with basic budgeting tools and age-appropriate ways to involve children in family finances.
- Helping parents establishing boundaries for impulse spending such as stress induced eating out or using toys/candy to placate instead of discipline.
We provide community classes with 9 months of adult curriculum on “how to handle money effectively” and coordinated quarterly curriculum and activities for kids 12 mo. – 12 yrs. that mirror adult learning.
Protective factors are the strengths and resources that families can draw on when life gets difficult. Taking those good characteristics and building on them is a proven way to strengthen the entire family and create stability.
Below are a list of expected outcomes as a result of Abundant Living / AL Kidz working through the five protective factors of Parental resilience, Social connections, Knowledge of parenting and child development, Concrete support in times of need, and Children’s social and emotional development.
Short Term Outcomes:
- Parents and children identify the connection between emotions and money.
Intermediate Outcomes: Linking short-term outcomes and long-term outcomes, these are primary changes in behavior, skills and conditions anticipated.
- Parents actively use the Family Activities worksheet to help their child apply the weekly lesson. Each lesson passively reinforces adult learning and fosters a platform for productive communication between parent and child.
Long Term Outcomes:
- Parents who practice budgeting their finances with a goal of reducing their debt are in a position to break the cycle of living in need and build concrete supports in savings to cash-flow minor emergencies resulting in less stress and thus reduced adverse childhood experiences due to financial instability.
- Children learning the same concepts in age-appropriate language will naturally see parents as positive role models. They will be able to express their concern and curiosity about money, ultimately impacting the next generation’s world-view on financial stability.
What tells us the outcome is being achieved? Parents have tools to support financial decisions and long-term goals. Parents and children incorporate concepts from Family Activity worksheets in their communication, meal planning and spending decisions. And in class, children appropriately express ways they can apply concepts at home and share their experience interacting with parents on weekly lesson.
Ultimately, what our data shows us that it is COMMUNITY and investing relationally in lives that drives true transformation. Our participants, parents and children, are encouraged to see them selves as God sees them; having value worth dying for! As they begin to see themselves through that lens, their perspective changes. Their choices change and they move from being in need to being part of the solution.