Suppose a 15-year-old from a poor family in the First World asked you an earnest question: "What can I do to escape poverty?"  How would you answer?

Responses from progressives, liberals, moderates, and left-libertarians are especially welcome.

All the comments are great. Given that the natural state of Man is poor, cold, and hungry, the answers are all ways to become richer than Nature would otherwise allow you. Via Escaping Poverty: Your Friendly Advice, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty.