- Hey, my name is Lina and I am a student at the Baccalaureate School for Global Education. My friends and I are planning to create this website informing you about a huge problem in our society, poverty. Our website’s name is POP, People over Poverty. We hope to pop away the problems of poverty with POP. As a resident in New York City, I feel like I need to give back to my community. Through this blog and other sources of internet activism, my friends and I hope to raise money and directly help this cause(while passing our tech class ). Our project has not been successful because NYC government did not create new policies for the homeless and acknowledge that they need a supportive and safe home. Despite our effort to reach a wider audience and lower the rates of poverty, we have failed. Poverty effecting our youth, the next generation, is a HUGE issue. In roughly 20% of New York City neighborhoods at least 30% of households are living below the federal poverty line. http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/focus-on-povertyhttps://www.amny.com/news/poverty-stats-show-roughly-30-of-nyc-children-are-poor-furman-center-says-1.13712114Nearly 1.7 million New Yorkers — or 1 in every 5 city residents — lived below the poverty line between 2011 and 2015, the largest number seen in the city since 1970, according to a report by the NYU Furman Center, released Wednesday. And of those residents, children under 18 were more likely to be living in poverty than any other age group, with 535,700 kids, or roughly 30 percent of the city’s youth in poverty. We can NOT allow for more than 500,00 kids to live in poverty. They are our future. Especially if we as a city and country continue to modernize, we can’t leave our youth behind. According to the NYU Furman Center, Focus on Poverty, NYC’s poverty rate is usually between 19-21%. Even though this doesn’t seem too bad for such a big state, it is. Shockingly, this is ABOVE the national rate. 19-21% means 1.7 millions New Yorkers living in poverty. Poverty has many direct correlation to other problems such as: higher violent crime rates, poorer preforming schools, fewer educated and employed adults. Not only is poverty a problem in and of itself, it consequently leads to other problems in the community. Essentially, it is one of the core issues in our society and it must be solved. http://furmancenter.org/thestoop/entry/focus-on-poverty According to The CEO Poverty Measure 2005-2012, the Bronx holds the top spot for impoverishment, with Brooklyn, Queens, Manhattan, and Staten Island holding the following four spots respectively. For a more recent statistic, the Bronx’s 2012 poverty rate was 26.6%, while Brooklyn’s trailed behind at 23.3%. Interestingly, Queens only found its poverty rate differing from the higher-ranking boroughs by about a mere 2%-5%, displaying a 21.9% rate. https://eportfolios.macaulay.cuny.edu/impoverishednyc/simply-the-facts/This statistic shows how there are different poverty levels by each community. It is very unfair because the quality of life differs according to where you live. In conclusion, New York City’s poverty rate has generally hovered between 19-21%, and remains higher than the national rate—especially for children and seniors. Clearly in one of the most popular cities in the world, we have a very serious problem. We could be more successful next time by posting more on social media, telling more people, emailing it to the whole school.
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