BSHS 345 January 26, 2015 Tawnie McMahan Reflective Paper Generational poverty is defined by a family that has been in poverty for over two generations. Poverty occurs when there is a large family; they usually have lots of children which takes more money to take care of the family but also more members to help take care of the adults who are aging. In generational poverty you don’t have things you have people. Education is one thing most kids in poverty do not finish. This is because sometimes the mothers need help to take care of the other children or even take care of household chores.
Many just need the right opportunities shown to them to change their whole perspective on life. Many of these people had no choice but to become homeless. Economic problems such as being laid off work, or the rise in the cost of housing had lead people to live on the streets. People with mental illnesses also become homeless quite often. These people are incapable of handling the stress of living on their own.
• In an average classroom of 20 children, there are most likely at least three children who are either victims or bullies. • One-half of motor vehicle accidents involving adolescents are associated with alcohol and other drugs. Methodology: This is a Quantitative study providing seemingly countless statistics, percents, and relationships between children and the “critical issues” they face today. Findings: Although poverty rates have gone down in the last 15 years, with the recent economic downturn, it is anticipated that we will again experience significant increases in children living poverty. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that children, adolescents, and young adults are disproportionately affected by violent injury and death.
The article is also based on an observation by journalist Harriet Sergeant, who spent 1 year discussing with gang members and found out that those who lack a male figure in the family whilst growing up had more conflicts and chaos at home meaning that most of them were misled and not warned about consequences of any actions. This again links to explaining why the summer riots has occurred: the fact the main members who were part of the chaos were the ones who lacked being led by a father figure, helping them to grow up “to do better”, being told what is acceptable in society and what to avoid doing. This is why they are less aware of the consequences and the effects of their actions, leading them to be part of events such as the riots of 2011, causing harm to the
Lucas Ancke December 1, 2012 English 101: 3 p.m. Prof. Amanda Ross Waiting for “Superman” Response Davis Guggenheim’s documentary, Waiting for “Superman,” follows five children trying to further their education when they felt like they were not receiving one that they wanted. Most of these children were living in poverty or close to it and could not afford a private school, so they were forced to go to bad quality schools. Guggenheim states that, some of these schools are considered drop-out factories, where over 40% of students don’t graduate. These schools are the reason that that bad neighborhoods develop near these already bad quality schools (Guggenheim). These schools’ bad records are due to their bad teachers.
For example, 14,000 kids have been positively affected by the Michigan Earned Income tax credit, but because it has been cut by 14%, low-income youth are unable to receive the benefits (kidscount). Youth in families that are receiving unemployment are affected because unemployment was cut from 26 weeks to 20 weeks and cash assistance has become more difficult to receive (kidscount). Poverty affects the youth in many ways, such as their family life and education. Many children are neglected in cases of low-income families. 32,500 children have been neglected in 2010, and in Ingham County 42 percent of children have been abused or neglected (milhs.org).
These numbers are unacceptable for a first world, developed and wealthy country; but with rising living costs and the government making cut backs, these figures are set to rise further (Sinead O’Shea, 19/01/13). When people think of the term poverty, they tend to think of third world countries; malnourished children growing up in a village with no clean water available for miles, with disease and infection rife. Poverty is actually measured against the typical living standards of a society (P Townsend, 1979) and a number of things contributing; lack of money, material possessions, food, poor education and substandard living conditions. The causes of child poverty vary so much, usually determined by the parent’s situation which is not always their fault. 62% of children growing up in poverty are in households where at least one of person works, so having a job is still not a direct route out of poverty (Child Poverty Map of the UK, March 2011).
Foster Children and the Struggles Faced Within LIFE IN FOSTER CARE 10/16/2012 When the economy is low, the foster care system sees a rise in abandoned, neglected, and abused children adding more than the normal amount of cases. “In 2011 there were 401,100 children in foster care” (Child Trends, 2012). These children depend upon the people that work within the system to help and provide them with guidance and security. Foster children usually receive their basic needs while in the system, but older children tend to experience more difficulties than younger children do in foster care. He or she is likely to end up in trouble with the law than their peers without the proper support (Cowan, 2004, p. 1008).
Many parents can’t afford to send their kids to school with a lunch, and with the price of lunches going up how can we expect these children get the best education available? 50-100 years ago only middle class and upper class people were educated. Now every social class is attending school, and it is expected that every student obtain a certain level of education. An Increase lower economic levels has strained the educational system. On top of all this, there are students placed into classes that they are not properly prepared.
Their educational opportunity decreases, and the drop out of school is enormous because they are not encourage them as much as boys. They are seen in the family as a burden. Lack of education and many obstacles impoverish them. They suffer physical and emotional stress most of their lifetime. In United States, the CDC reported, Adolescent Girls formed a major group of people who received help from the government for prenatal services.