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SEED Storytelling Introduction

Updated: Oct 26, 2018

By Adriana Brogger

Published September 21, 2018


​According to recent census data, there are about 12 million single parent households in the United States.

More than 80% of those families are headed by a single mom.

Working moms doing it on their own have to make tough decisions about money and how to spend it.

Ana: “Me as an example, it’s either I put food on the table or I take them out on a trip. I can’t have both.”

That’s Ana Peña. She’s a mother of three and she lives here in Stockton. She works as a nurse but says, even though she works really hard, she doesn’t have any extra money to spend.

The Stockton Economic Empowerment Demonstration, or SEED, might make a difference for people like Ana.

Starting in February 2019, one hundred Stockton residents will receive an extra $500.00 a month for 18 months. The goal? To see what extra money does for a community.

Ana: I would like to start a like a party decoration stuff or some kind of balloonery. Something small... make it grow.

This fall Delta College audio students will work to capture stories like Ana’s. Not just single moms. But everyone in a community that is impacted by economic insecurity. This season we’ll hear from people who live, work or go to school in Stockton to learn from their lived experiences.

So come back every Friday. Right here to

Stories collected, curated and published by students will start airing on September 28. Please join us on this journey. If you would like to share your story email:

Stockton Mayor Michael Tubbs presents the details of the participant selection process for the SEED project at a news conference at Huddle CoWork in Stockton. 8/20/18

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