Welfare Watch October 31, 2017

America's youth are majority of nation's poor


From The Annie E. Casey Foundation, KIDS COUNT News

Nearly Half of America’s Poor Are Younger Than Age 25

In 2016, more than 44 million Americans were living in poverty, according to the KIDS COUNT Data Center.

The nation’s youngest residents — individuals 24 years old or younger — account for nearly 50% of this population in poverty (32% are children; 14% are young adults ages 18 to 24).

Learn more about poverty in the United States


The 2017 Georgia Conference on Children and Families hosted a Cost of Poverty Experience held at the Marriott Augusta on October 26. 

The populations with whom we work encounter obstacles at every turn.  There are 46 million living in poverty and 1/4 of our children live in poverty. We know this, but many of us have never lived in true poverty, nor have we met the challenges that many of the families we serve have met.

CareSource, Georgia's newest managed care organization, approached Together Georgia early this year and offered to do a poverty simulation at the Georgia Conference on Children and Families in tandem with ThinkTank. We were uncertain whether or not the topic was too basic for our audience, so we vetted it with some of our providers. The response was unanimous, "Yes, this would be great! We often forget the challenges our families deal with and this will be a great reminder."

The Cost of Poverty Experience not only is it a reminder, it will help you for a brief period of time experience what the families we serve experience every day.  The difference being, at the end of the day, you have the good fortune to return to your life above the poverty line.  We trust you will experience your work at a different level after participating in a Cost of Poverty Experience (COPE). Linked  at youtu.be/cC_ZGqosCfM is an introductory video to COPE.

SAVE THE DATE  2018 Georgia Conference on Children and Families October 17-19, 2018

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