The Burden of Economic Struggle

How does poverty affect our students?

Who suffers from poverty?

According to the United States Census Bureau, currently in the United States, there are approximately 15.5 million children living in poverty. Out of those 15.5 million children, 21% are under the age of 18. These rates are even higher for American Indian children, Native Alaskan children, and children in families with female heads.

Specifically, how does poverty affect our students?

  1. It is a reality for some children, that the only nutrition they receive is at school.
  2. Children that live in poverty are more susceptible to emotional and social instability.
  3. Families that live in poverty, are least likely to be involved in the education of their children.

What are the causes of these issues?

What can be done in order to reduce the effects of poverty?

Taking Initiatives

Local school district, Houston Independent School District, takes the initiative in fighting hunger by securing funding for a free breakfast and lunch program that ensures free meals to all its students regardless of economic status.

Community Involvement Goes a Long Way

One of the most effective ways in which a community can build solidarity is by helping those in need. Initiatives like volunteering in the local food bank is a perfect way to begin. Programs provided like the Houston Food Bank, help thousands of local residents including children.
Case study: Houston Food Bank

Political Awareness

As constituents, it is our responsibility to ensure that we elect officials who take action against issues like poverty. Find out who represents you, and let them know what you would like to done in your community.

The Center for American Progress has compiled a list of changes which can help combat poverty. Reach your representative and let them know how you feel.