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Ending Child Poverty

Committed to the Greater Good: Cesar Chavez and AmeriCorps VISTA

Max Finberg | Posted 03.30.2016 | Impact
Max Finberg

When AmeriCorps VISTA began more than 50 years ago, some of the first VISTA volunteers started their service at migrant farm worker camps in California.

Two Stories of Homeless, Teenage Mothers

Paul Heroux | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
Paul Heroux

Imagine being homeless. Now imagine being a homeless teenager. Now imagine being a homeless teenage mom. I met two of them in Massachusetts, my hometown.

"I Didn't Ask To Be Homeless: I Made Good Choices!"

Paul Heroux | Posted 06.17.2016 | Impact
Paul Heroux

Inmates being released from jail or prison need housing first and foremost because without a place to sleep the night they are released from incarceration, they are immediately at risk for recidivism.

Creating Healthy Minds With First Book

Randi Weingarten | Posted 03.01.2015 | Education
Randi Weingarten

Today, 32.4 million American children go without books -- even as study after study has shown that literacy is crucial to success in school, future earning potential and the ability to contribute to the nation's economy.

Watch The Moment These New York Homeless Kids See Their Brand New Playroom

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.09.2015 | Good News

If anyone's deserving of an epic home makeover, it's these kids. Homeless children staying at Bushwick Family Residences in New York were treated t...

The Real Monsters

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 12.31.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ending child poverty in the world's largest economy should be a no-brainer. Children cannot afford the burden of poverty. And our nation cannot afford the costly economic and moral burden of child poverty.

The High Moral and Economic Cost of Child Poverty in America

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

It is a moral disgrace that child poverty in the U.S. is higher than adult poverty, higher than for children in almost all other competitor nations, and higher than our country with the world's largest economy should ever allow.

Let's Make 2014 the Year of the Child

Pam Allyn | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Children are so vulnerable. Their wellbeing has little to do with how hard they work, or their "grit" or persistence. It has everything to do with circumstance. Let's make 2014 a new kind of commitment to our world's children.

An American Wake up Call

Andy Tsagaris | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Andy Tsagaris

Dear America, please open your eyes. Growing up in poverty does not have to be part of the American way.

Play On -- A Common Vision for Philly

Stanford Thompson | Posted 03.04.2013 | Impact
Stanford Thompson

According to a 2012 Pew Charitable Trusts study, Philadelphia's children face incredible challenges. It is impossible to point the blame at any one is...

Uniting a Post-Election Nation by Ending Child Hunger

Billy Shore | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Billy Shore

We believe everyone has a strength to share when it comes to ending childhood hunger in America, and that to restore this country, it's imperative we help our nation's most vulnerable citizens, our future leaders. This is more than just a moral obligation: It's also our civic duty.

Sheltering America's Children

Barbara Sard | Posted 12.19.2012 | Politics
Barbara Sard

Across the country, there is simply not enough housing assistance to meet the need.  It's time federal housing spending gave higher priority to ensuring that families don't end up on the street.

Parents and Poverty: This Recession Can Hurt for a Generation

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.04.2012 | Parents
Dr. Peggy Drexler

In the flailing efforts to forestall economic collapse, and the long fight to right an economy that still can't find its way, there is long term danger lurking in the forest -- particularly how the worst downturn since the Depression is shaping a generation of children and young adults.

Keeping the Focus on Children in a Tough Economy

William Roberts | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
William Roberts

Parents are facing daily questions about how to provide for their families, spend their money and share their time. Should they spend their latest pay check on food or rent? How can they spend time with their children while working two jobs?

Mother Nature's Havoc Accentuates Poverty in Developing Nations

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

What the natural disasters of 2011 serve to remind us is that it is not simply during times of disaster when children bear burdens beyond their years.

National and State Safety Nets Fail to Catch Millions of Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.30.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Our child poverty statistics are morally and economically indefensible. Is this the best America can do? Is this the reflection of our values as a nation?

Is Our Nation on the Titanic?

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.23.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

What is our values compass as we seek solutions to rampant joblessness and poverty among millions of Americans, including 16.4 million poor children?

Discouraging News on Child Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

New data just released by the U.S. Census Bureau reveals 46.2 million poor people in America, the largest number in the last 52 years. This is a national disgrace.

Share Our Strength Fights Childhood Hunger at Taste of Nation

Jay Weston | Posted 08.14.2011 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

Seventeen million children in the U.S. went to bed hungry last night! That astonishing fact was the impetus for this weekend's Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation benefit held in Culver City.

The New Faces of Poverty

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The shadow of poverty has fallen on Long Island, New York, the birthplace of the suburban American dream.

Katrina's Children: Childhood, Still Interrupted

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

All lost not only their belongings but at least a year of schooling and a big chunk of their childhoods. They are still struggling and, by now, largely forgotten.

Foreign Aid for Mississippi's Children

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

This Christmas season 15.5 million children in America are living in poverty -- the highest child poverty rate the nation has seen since 1959.

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer to End Poverty in All Its Forms in Our Rich Land

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

In this Thanksgiving week of 2010, when 15.5 million children are living in poverty, when the gap between rich and poor is the highest ever, I hope we will pray for an end to child poverty in all of its forms.

Growing Poverty Problems Among Young Families and Their Children: A Major Neglected National Crisis

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Marian Wright Edelman

The time for immediate and sustained public policy actions to radically reduce childhood poverty is right now. The clock is ticking.