Effects of Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness on Children and Youth

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Assigned Materials: “Effects of Poverty, Hunger and Homelessness on Children and Youth”, “How Do You Define Poverty, Part 1 and Part 2”, and access information on the number of families living in poverty in your county. Summary of Materials: The article, “Effects of Poverty, Hunger, and Homelessness on Children and Youth”, provides vast amounts of information and the far reaching effects on lives of the individuals living in those circumstances (“American Psychology”, n.d.). This problem is not distributed evenly among diverse ethnic groups or locations in the United States according to the You Tube video, “Professors 302, Part 1” (2011). In Henry County, Tennessee, 17.2% of the people live below the poverty level (US Department of…show more content…
Hispanic and blacks have the highest level of poverty statistics in the nation demeaning their status in social society attaching a stigma. (Twenty Wise TV-Part 1, 2011). The major concern is that even though a person rises above this persona of poverty statistics, they still have the stigma attached. This is the reason that BUILD has taken the initiative to work from the inside out and try to improve their personal image of themselves (Twenty Wise TV-Part 2, 2011). With this type of reasoning, they are hoping to break the cycle of poverty. All four guests concur that unless there must be a unifying of government programs and private programs in an attempt to cover the spectrum of what is needed to conquer poverty that breeds hunger, homelessness, and uneducated individuals (Twenty Wise TV-Part 2, 2011). Personal Reaction: Poverty has expanded and created a new face on the way it is looked upon by people. It is no longer just those individuals that have always been below poverty level for generation after generation, but poverty has besieged some of those in the middle class. This every widening gap between the wealthy and the poor has created a need for new and innovative means to stop the progress of the problem. The facts of how hunger affects our youth’s ability to function at full capacity mentally, to be energetic and happy, and dream of a better future has become all too familiar a problem in one of the wealthiest nations on earth. It is alarming to imagine

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