Child Poverty

By: Kailey Wallace and Molly Collins

Poverty Is A Problem

"More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level" (NCPP, 2014)

Millions are homeless

"Deepening poverty is inextricably linked with rising levels of homelessness and food insecurity/hunger for many Americans and children are particularly affected by these conditions." (APA, 2015) Children around the globe are losing homes because of lay offs and low income.
1 out of 5 people in a homeless shelter is a child, 5 or younger (ICPH, 2015) The population of kids in shelters or in poverty are gradually increasing. We need to stop this growth, and make it decrease! Kids need the right environment to grow up in to be more successful.

Starving Kids

" What we have here, of course, is a considerable amount of hunger. We have the children with distended stomachs. And the fact is that we’re not doing what we should be doing in this country to deal with this problem." (Senator Kennedy, 2006) People have recognized this hunger and want to help, but they fall short on trying to end this hunger.
"According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.3 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. " (USDA, 2015) With out having nutritious food, children can end up with health problems including diabetes. These children will not grow up healthy and strong without this good food, or food at all.

No education for the kids

"Around the world, more than 58 million school-age children are denied an education." (Compassion,2015) Children are not getting to go to school because of there poverty. Especially in other countries where they have to pay for there school.
The children with no education are more likly to become crimanals and law breakers instead of sucseful people in life. Kids need that education to get jobs to pay for things in life like a home, food, etc.

Behavioral / emotional

Child poverty affects a child's emotional state such as feelings and emotions. Sometimes children are upset, sad, or depressed from being in a low income household. Also, children living in poverty are likely to have behavior problems especially in school by acting up. Students show these poor behaviors because the adults are trying their best to make money for the family and are less likely to have consequences and follow through with discipline. They also show behavior problems because they are worried about what they have and don't have. (Interview with psychology specialist/ behavioral interventionist Brandy W.)

How to fix these problems

Help sponsor a child from compassion

"Poverty is a cancerous, thieving parasite plaguing the destitute. But it's not invincible.

Poverty is an overwhelming, frightening and debilitating beast. But it can be defeated .Child sponsorship helps.Poverty is an opportunity to provide an opportunity. It's an opportunity to kill the worm that eats away at children's hearts, minds and self-esteem." (compassion, 2015). You can help sponsor a child with only $38.00 per month, but when you think about it its just over a dollar a day. Over a dollar a day could change a suffering kids life and get them out of poverty.

Directly help in your local community

"The people directly affected by the problems or issues of poverty in the community have to be actively and authentically participating in the efforts to fight poverty."(outreach, 2015) . This is very good idea, to go strait to your locals. People all around us are in poverty and need help. When you notice someone is struggling with money, ask them if there's anything you can help with.

Get in a group

"Create an organized group within the community to help many people rather than working with a few individuals.". I think this idea is also great. You can get together a group of friends to donate your time or money to help somone in poverty.

Provide labor

"Provide living wages and family-oriented labor policies"(Moyers , 2015) Providing your own labor to help somebody get the food (harvesters is a great choice), education, and help build homes ( habit for humanity is also a great foundation.

Citations

"Child Poverty." NCCP. National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2015."

"THE SUPPLEMENTAL POVERTY MEASURE (SPM) AND CHILDREN: HOW AND WHY THE SPM AND OFFICIAL POVERTY ESTIMATES DIFFER. 2015. Raw data. United States, n.p. "

"ROBERT, SIEGEL. "�Still Hungry In America�: A Return To Mississippi." All Things Considered (NPR) (n.d.): Newspaper Source. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

"Child Hunger Fact Sheet." Feeding America. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

"Education." Compassion. N.p., 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

"Bridges, Benjamin, and Robert V. Gesumaria. "The Supplemental Poverty Measure (Spm) And Children: How And Why The Spm And Official Poverty Estimates Differ." Social Security Bulletin 75.3 (2015): 55. MasterFILE Premier. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

"Compassion. "Sponsor." Sponsor a Child - Sponsoring a Child. Compassion, 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

""5 Ways to Fight Poverty." Outreach International. Outreach, 2015. Web. 13 Oct. 2015."

""Three Steps We Can Take to Solve Poverty, From Someone Who Knows Firsthand | BillMoyers.com." BillMoyers.com. Bill Moyers, 11 July 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2015. "