Paul Mero recently wrote an op-ed for the Salt Lake Tribune in which he highlights new research challenging many assumptions about how to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. One conclusion drawn from the report is that approaches to addressing intergenerational poverty should be child-centric, not adult-centric.
Mero provides some specific ideas for using this approach. For example, he notes that the research shows many teens in intergenerational poverty see nothing wrong with their economic situation and could benefit from adult mentors outside of poverty who can provide them a different perspective.
You can read the op-ed here.