An in-depth American-Statesman report recently showed the challenges our community faces when it comes to preparing the workforce. At a time when the area’s demographics and economy are shifting, education is becoming both more important than ever and further out of reach than ever for a growing number of Texans.
Consider a young woman we’ll call Alexandra. An Austin mother of two, she is 23 and working to complete her GED, a goal she has pursued, on and off, for four years. She knows the importance of education for herself and her children, but financial hardship and a marriage scarred by domestic violence left her family with basic needs she had to address first.
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Bufkin is the early opportunities policy associate for Texans Care for Children.txchildren.org.Learn more about El Buen Samaritano and its upcoming Hands for Hope anti-hunger event on Nov. 23 at elbuen.org.