Building Communities of Support for Families in Poverty

May 25, 1994
Margaret D. Slinski
master teacher in family life program

Cooperative Extension University of Massachusetts
United States Department of Agriculture and Massachusetts counties cooperating
(C) 1990 by Cooperative Extension, University of Massachusetts


The Master Teacher in Family Life Program is a training model that teaches natural leaders within poor communities the information and skills they need to 1) create an effective internal communication system to educate fellow residents about important issues such as health, the family, education, and employability, and 2) create and sustain a network of support for those who want to use their new knowledge to make changes in family life, education, and employment. The program is unique in that it builds strengths within the targeted communities in order to support long-term change.

Table of Contents




1. Understanding the Barriers of Poverty
2. Master Teacher Program: Encouraging the Discouraged
3. The Training-the-Trainer Model
4. Putting the Program to Work
5. Real Successes


1. Values Awareness
2. Communication - Listening
3. Problem-Solving
4. Understanding the Behavior of Children and Adolescents
5. Encouraging Responsible Behavior
6. Program Planning in the Community
7. Health Issues
8. Understanding the Helping Role
9. Understanding Substance Abuse
10. Graduation