Poor Economy Affects Child Well-Being in America
The economic downturn has had a devastating effect on families around the world. In the United States despite the decline in the unemployment rate since 2009 (tradingeconomics.com) unemployment in America is still having an unfavorable affect on families. One of the segments of the population severely impacted by a slow in economic activity includes children.
According to Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, the number of children residing in the United States increased from 72.4 million in 2000 to 73.9 million in 2009. The statistical report for 2011 also revealed the number of children living in poverty within the U.S. has also increased. This statistic is believed to be related to the increase in joblessness and unemployment within the country. Furthermore, according to Venture Philanthropy Partners, there are approximately 43,000 children in the National Capital Region between the ages of 5 and 19, who are not enrolled in school. ††The organization also states that of this number 14,000 falls between the ages of 15 and 19 who are neither enrolled in school nor gainfully employed. This group is referred to as opportunity youth.
The outlook on the state of the economy remains unknown as world leaders have unsuccessfully been able to solve the economic crisis. According to a study conducted by researchers at Columbia University and City College of New York, opportunity youth imposes an immediate tax burden of $13,900 per year and an immediate social burden of $37,450 per year. ††The situation suggests those who are in a better position must try to improve the lives of the vulnerable within their communities; in particular, the nationís youth.
In her book, The Gift of You, Author Bridgette Skeete-Mackey encourages individuals and social organizations to assist children through the development of youth programs that will lead to their social, educational and physical development. She conveys that by designing youth programs tailored towards an individualís personal gifts, the average person/organization can help to positively impact the lives of these children. If you would like to obtain a free resource on developing or improving youth programs please go to the following site The Gift of You
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