Friday, October 14, 2016
The city of Milwaukee, Wisconsin is receiving much-need help from several non-profit organizations that are concerned about lead in the city's water. Low income families in the city that include children and pregnant women are going to receive $75,000 worth of water filters -- free.
Monday, October 10, 2016
The number of black students being homeschooled is on the rise. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 290,000 African American children are currently being homeschooled, now representing 10 percent of all students being homeschooled. What is the reason for the increase?
Friday, October 7, 2016
Hurricane Matthew has wreaked devastation across the coast of the southeastern United States. The Category 5 hurricane impacted Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Dominican Republic and The Bahamas, across the Caribbean Sea, and affecting coastal areas of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. More than 100,000 people have been displaced from their homes, but the ones most affected are people in low-income communities.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Recent studies show that up to 25 percent of high academic students from low income families don't apply for college. Why? Many say it's because they can't afford the application fees, which can run from $30 to $90 per school. Students who can afford to do so usually apply to several colleges to increase their chances of being accepted, but students from poor families either don't apply at all or are limited to applying to just one college.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
A recent study took a good look at children in preschool to determine if black and white students are treated differently. The results were very revealing, especially to the mother of two black children in preschool, both of whom had been suspended at different times from school for bad behavior when other white children guilty of even worse behavior got off with just a phone call from school.
Monday, September 26, 2016
Most people take water for granted, but the truth is that good drinking water is not free. It's even more expensive to conserve water through methods such as a cistern. Water conservation methods are just not affordable for low-income families. One city has developed a unique, first-of-its-kind program to harvest rainwater for low-income families.
Thursday, September 22, 2016
In 1997, Maryland was the first state to offer free telecommunications equipment to residents who were unable to use an ordinary telephone. The equipment included amplified phones, captioned telephones, ring signalers, large-button telephones, hands-free phones, and more. Now, disabled low-income residents can apply for a free tablet computer.
Monday, September 19, 2016
Presidential candidates promise many things when they are running for the office of President of the United States, but this one has caught the attention of millions, especially low-income Americans. Presidential Republican nominee Donald Trump recently stated that if he were elected President, "Low-income Americans will not pay taxes at all."
Monday, September 12, 2016
Every year, Newsweek releases their “Beating the Odds” list of schools around the country that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college, including low-income students who have to overcome economic disadvantages.
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Every year since 2012, this non-profit organization gives one deserving student a $30,000 loan forgiveness scholarship. The scholarship is open to students residing in Maryland who are from low-income families. For many, the scholarship meant the difference between going to college and not going to college.
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
A new study shows that poor children are beginning to catch up with wealthy children when it comes to being prepared for kindergarten. Although both wealthy and poor children have shown improvement over the years, low-income children are improving at a faster pace.
Monday, August 29, 2016
There is good news for low-income wage earners! Not only are major companies giving minimum-wage increases to their lowest-paid employees, the amount of the raises is higher than what median-income wage earners are getting.
Monday, August 22, 2016
Who says one person cannot make a difference? 8-year old Jahkil Naeem Jackson from Chicago is proving that even a small person with a big heart can make a difference. Greatly saddened by the homeless in Chicago, Jahkil came up with his very own idea on how he could make a difference.
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Pop-up preschools are a unique idea being launched throughout the country by the YMCA. The pre-schools are located in libraries, community centers, schools, churches, public housing, local YMCA centers, and museums.
Monday, August 15, 2016
It's called "the racial gap" and it seems to be taking a very long time for black Americans to close it. The gap refers to the huge difference in wealth that exists between white and black Americans. A recent study shows that, unless something drastic occurs, it will take 228 years for blacks to accumulate as much wealth as whites.
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, the state of Wisconsin remains the absolute worst place for black people to live. Yes, good old Wisconsin, the "cheese capital of the world," surrounded by two Great Lakes and full of forests and farms.
Saturday, August 6, 2016
A recent study which revealed that black men living in poverty have an increased risk of dying had researchers wondering why race would make a difference. Why would black men living in poverty die sooner than not only white men but also black men living above the poverty level?
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reports that nearly half of all hate crimes committed in America today have to do with race. According to FBI statistics, 47% of hate crimes are racially motivated. But one city takes the cake when it comes to racial incidents, and that is Portland, Oregon. Portland is known as "the whitest city in America" and has a long history of racism.
Monday, August 1, 2016
There is a growing move in the U.S. that is taking many by surprise. The government is cracking down on one of the oldest forms of charity since the first century -- feeding the poor. It is hard to believe, but the government is actually fining and jailing people who feed the homeless.
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Eating healthy is a particular challenge for low-income families. They often do not have the money to purchase what they need to stay healthy -- fresh fruits and vegetables. One non-profit organization in Houston, Texas is making a difference by distributing over 8 million pounds of fresh produce to help low-income families eat and stay healthy.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
The U.S. government's Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides access to food and health resources to low income women and their children. But now, the program is also helping families in another way!
Monday, July 18, 2016
The largest broadcasting and largest cable television company in the world has just announced that they will be expanding their $9.95 per month Internet service so an additional 1.3 million low-income families will have Internet access. Comcast has been offering the low-cost service to poor families since 2011.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Affordable housing in America has reached a crisis state. Even last year, a report revealed that zero counties in the U.S. have enough housing for families in extreme poverty. Large cities are particularly challenged to supply enough affordable housing, but one city in particular has the highest rate in the U.S. for homeless people sleeping in the streets.
Monday, July 11, 2016
It was recently confirmed by a research study that black students who are taught by black teachers actually perform better. Although the study was performed in just one state, the results have raised many questions as to whether or not race matters when it comes to teachers.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Behind every successful child is a parent or teacher who has a positive influence on the child. Sadly, this is not always the case. According to the Huffington Post, Black children are often targeted in school for disruptive behavior and suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than white students.