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b&b183 Prosperity Now Gads Hill: Teach Children and Parents Mental Health Habits

Prosperity Now in Gads Hill is a Chicago organization devoted to helping immigrant families establish roots. ​Maricela Garcia and Rosa Julia Garcia Rivera talk about their programs which support working families in fostering their children’s education, as well as their mental health. The recognize that, while all emigrate for a better life, many who are not classified as refugees nevertheless do not have a choice. They focus on respecting the parents, and helping them help the children. 


Music featured in this episode:

A Chicago Child by Omen
Change the Future by Pedro Figgs
Don’t Push Me by J.Kwest

Episode Highlights:

Maricela Garcia : Refugees have no choice. Your very own survival depends on leaving the country…usually those are war related…but we have seen also an increase in violence in some countries due to gang and crime.

Maricela Garcia : [Gang and crime] refugees don’t fit into the definition of the United Nations and international community about who is a refugee, however they also need a safe place because their survival depends on escaping those countries.

Maricela Garcia : The world is in great need to redefine the concept and definition of refugees.

Maricela Garcia : In the agricultural business, when big corporations take over land that historically has been micro-owned….where do those farmers go?

Maricela Garcia : We have neglected the human impact, the displacement, the unemployment consequences [of a developing world economy.]

Rosa Julia Garcia Rivera: Children are coming to us and telling us “We’re afraid our parents are going to get taken away.”

Rosa Julia Garcia Rivera: Chicago Public School teachers have an insurmountable amount of stress, both personally with the budget…[and] also with the expectation that they’re to teach 30 children when 25 of them have complex trauma.

Maricela Garcia : [Parents] are not teaching ABC’s or STEM all the time but they’re teaching [children] the survival skills that they learned growing up and that are necessary in these communities.

Maricela Garcia : Everybody thinks the barriers in populations of color [to seeking mental health supports] is stigma. It’s not. That was the least of the issues. The barriers are transportation. The barriers are cost.