- Jon. He's kind and attentive and very encouraging and who needs a counselor when you have him saying "you're doing a great job!"
- One-on-one reading remediation. Oy, the textbook for this fitness certification trainer thing looked like one of my medical school texts. This isn't easy and any kid who can get through it will feel pretty confident by the end.
- Dental work. Okay, you think I'm kidding, but this is not a population with routine access to orthodontics and dental care and bad teeth make it harder to get employment (my own theory, no research).
- Wardrobe consultation. Watch the documentary and tell me there's one boy in there you'd hire to do anything besides sell drugs.
The point of this post isn't to rag on inner city life, and it certainly isn't to discourage Jon. The world needs more Jons, more idealists, more people willing to take on tasks that feel hard. The point is to say that I'm not sure individual counseling or psychotherapy is the place to start to build the confidence needed to get out of a lifestyle that lends itself to festering in poverty. Job coaching, skills building, health care and dental maintenance, treatment of psychiatric disorders, education, education, and education are the way to go.
And Jon, I hope you get your grant and I hope you like being on our blog!