Grades 10-12 / Thursday / Salvaging a Throwaway Culture

    Lesson Plans for Poverty (2019)

    Salvaging a Throwaway Culture

    Students will be encouraged to explore the meaning of poverty here in the United States as well as around the world. What does poverty look like? What happens when people don’t have enough to eat or a home to sleep? How can we help? Why is help for the poor central to Jesus’ message?


Service Projects

Habitat for Humanity

Volunteer in the ReStore, Habitat’s thrift hardware store, or at a build site. Contact: (310) 323-4663


Catholic Social Teaching 101: Option for the Poor and Vulnerable - Link

4.5-minute video introduction to Christianity’s care for the poor

Tour Poverty USA - Link

4-minute video explores what it is like to live at the poverty line

Fatima’s Story - Link

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Shazia’s Story - Link

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Tony’s Story - Link

Mary’s Meals Stories (3-4 minutes)

Spent - Link

Interactive game for learning to budget

7 Rules for Talking to Homeless People - Link

Helps students feel comfortable saying hello or offering help

Poor Kids - Link

1-hour special -- Follows several families living in serious poverty in the US

Child 31 Documentary - Link

32-minute video follows international aid workers

Interactive Poverty Experience in the US - Link

CCHD Poverty USA quiz and additional activities

Survive 125 - Link

An Interactive poverty experience from a developing country

After Foster Care: How Young Adults are Winding up on the Streets - Link

Trials of living without the support of a permanent family

Homelessness in Southern California - Link

12-part video series with powerful personal testimony.

Facing Child Poverty in LA - Link

Telfair Elementary in Pacoima has more homeless students than any other

A Ministry of Love in the Heart of the City - Link

Young adult missionaries, Christ in the City, and their work with the homeless

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