Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Jeff Brown, the founder, president and CEO of Brown's Super Stores in the Philadelphia area, has the right idea when it comes to helping those who are less fortunate, especially when it comes to food. No, he is not a non-profit owner but a for-profit entrepreneur who owns a chain of grocery stores that focus on selling fresh, healthy and affordable food to low-income families in the Philadelphia area.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
According to The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), about two thirds of young unmarried mothers are poor and around 25 percent go on welfare within three years after their child is born. In fact, poverty can be a cause of teen pregnancy, but on the other hand, teen pregnancy can lead to poverty.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
It would seem on the surface that everyone wants pretty much the same thing in a marriage. According to research giant Pew Research Center, 80 percent of single women want a man with a steady job, and 70 percent of women want a man whose ideas about raising children are similar to their way of thinking. But, while the divorce rate overall is declining, why is it failing to decline among low-income couples?
Friday, May 8, 2015
The Youth Project, a non-profit organization in Chicago, has created a successful program they hope will serve as an example for other cities. The 8-week program offered summer jobs to low-income youth in 13 of Chicago's high-violence schools districts. The results proved without a doubt that job program do reduce violent crime.
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), poverty continues to affect children in cities around the country. Children living in areas from Detroit to Atlanta, Baltimore to D.C., Cleveland, Philadelphia and others are all living in areas where the poverty rate is substantially higher than the national average. With education at risk for these kids, President Obama has offered a solution -- free eBooks to low-income kids.
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Most children don't think much about their shoes, but imagine a child who is so poor they cannot afford boots to play out in the snow, or participate in sports at school because they can't afford to buy shoes. It's a tragic situation that Payless Shoes is trying to turn around, and they are donating millions of dollars toward the cause with a program called Payless Gives Shoes 4 Kids.
Monday, April 27, 2015
Friday, April 24, 2015
A recent editorial published in the Times Union Plus newspaper revealed what was called a "disgraceful" reflection on the city of Albany, New York, as being the worst city for poor black children. Out of the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., Albany ranked at the very end.
Monday, April 20, 2015
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the number of high school students from poor families who are graduating from high school is on the rise. Between 2010-2013, high school graduation rates rose for poor students as well as African Americans, Latinos, American Indians, and students with disabilities.
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Filmmaker George Lucas, known for his multi-billion dollar-generating Star Wars franchise, is planning to build low income housing in Marin County, Northern California where 7.7 percent of county residents live below the poverty line, but the average home price is nearly $1 million.
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
When most people think about food stamps, or what is currently known as SNAP benefits from the government's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program, they associate it with children and poor families. But the truth is that older Americans need it, too, because nearly half of America’s seniors live at or below 200 percent of the poverty level. Yet many are not even applying for food stamps, let alone using food stamps to buy fruits and vegetables.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
Everyone, yes everyone has a right to a good education. This includes higher education, or going on to college to ensure a higher earning potential and better life in the future. So, why is it that students from low-income families have such a difficult time accessing higher education opportunities?
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
One would like to think that high-performing, bright students, regardless of background or economic circumstances, would all have an opportunity to tap into advanced learning opportunities. Sadly, that is not the case. A recent study showed that state programs are failing low-income students.
Saturday, April 4, 2015
By the end of 2016, fast-food giant McDonald's plans to increase their hourly wage to more than $10 an hour. But with the minimum wage at $9 an hour, is this enough?
Monday, March 30, 2015
There are a lot of things to consider when sending your son or daughter off to college. Of course, money is one of them, but the safety of your child is also at the top of the list. Parents want their children to receive a good education, but worrying about their safety is something they should not have to deal with. Yet it is a very real concern at these 25 U.S. colleges.
Monday, March 23, 2015
New York is stepping up to the plate to help improve the health of new mothers and their babies. A new program offered by the city's Nurse Family Partnership program provides home visits that give help where it is needed, by new mothers who are low-income and struggling to care for their newborns.
Friday, March 20, 2015
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, about 65 percent of Americans own their own homes today. That leaves the remaining 35 percent of the U.S. population having to rent. Many years ago, people rented until they could afford to buy a house. But things are different today. Rents are rising out of control in many major cities.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
According to a study done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, white teens are much more likely to develop drug abuse than black teens. In fact, the rate of drug abuse among white teens is almost twice as high as among black teens.
Sunday, March 15, 2015
If you thought that the state of Arizona cared about the poor, there are about 500,000 low-income Arizona residents that would disagree with you. Why? Because Governor Doug Ducey wants to limit health care benefits for the poor, which could affect up to half a million Arizona residents.
Thursday, March 5, 2015
More and more American families are struggling to find ways to pay for their children's college education. Not all college-bound students are going to qualify for merit-based scholarships. Fortunately, there are many need-based scholarships available in many states for students from low-income families.
Monday, March 2, 2015
According to the Southern Education Foundation (SEF), more than half of all American students live in households that are considered low-income or poor. According to a recent report by SEF, these students represent "students with the largest needs and usually with the least support."
Saturday, February 28, 2015
|Emilio Nares with his father Richard|
A little boy named Emilio Nares from Orange, California, was just three years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia. When he passed away in 2000 just before his sixth birthday, his parents created the Emilio Nares Foundation, a non-profit foundation to help low-income families who have a family member with cancer.
Thursday, February 26, 2015
People who have a good driving record should be able to get good car insurance, right? So, why is GEICO discriminating against low-income people by not offering them low rates to choose from?
Monday, February 23, 2015
Most people who walk into a hospital needing medical care are not concerned or even aware whether the hospital is a for-profit or non-profit facility. There is a difference, one that low-income patients need to be aware of. Why? Because non-profit hospitals are supposed to be fair to low-income patients. But not all of them are.
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
It's safe to say that your chances of increasing your earning power goes up if you have a college degree. More and more people are getting their degrees in order to do just that. In fact, in 1998, less than 25 percent of people over 25 had a college degree; today it has increased to over 30 percent. But the job market is competitive, and certain job fields pay more than others.