Our country’s ethos often encourages individualism at the expense of friendship and community. These stories speak to the power of people being encouraged to come together with friends and family.
Not only do families provide support and inspiration to each other within groups, they positively impact their larger communities. Successful FII families serve as role models for others in their communities.
Like the five other families in their FII-Oakland cohort, Jorge and Maria Elena were refugees from the civil war in El Salvador. All of the families regularly sent any extra money they had to family back in El Salvador. So it was a surprise when the couple announced that they were going to buy a house, something they all thought would take at least a decade to accomplish.
In the mid to late ‘90’s gang wars erupted between two groups of Iu Mien youth in Oakland and Richmond California. During this period, Iu Mien youth had the highest incarceration rate of any ethnic group in Oakland.
When the Eos Foundation founded Boston Rising, their anti-poverty initiative, they involved Maurice Lim Miller as a Fellow and wove the core principles of self-determination and community leadership into the fabric of the organization.