Recently released reports about America’s poor shed light on the precarious, impoverished living conditions many of today’s children and young people currently endure. Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounders of the charity No More Poverty, are concerned that this news does not foretell a positive future for these young people.
Julian Omidi and Dr. Michael Omidi, cofounders of the charity No More Poverty, are concerned that recent news about America’s youth does not bode well for the likelihood that children and young people will enjoy non-impoverished futures. As reported on October 22nd, 2013 by Fox News and Time news magazine, more than half of school-age children in 17 states are now designated low income – more than ever before. Additionally, six million young people between 17 and 24 years of age are currently “detached” – meaning they are unemployed and not in school. (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/10/21/demographic-shift-puts-american-dream-out-reach/?intcmp=latestnews)
“Recent news about America’s poor and the precarious position many of today’s children and young people are experiencing is distressing,” says Julian Omidi, No More Poverty cofounder. “These statistics demonstrate that while the economy seems to have rebounded in some areas, the financial situations of America’s low-income have yet to improve significantly. There are still a great number of children and young adults struggling in their daily lives. We have a responsibility to provide the next generation with the opportunity for a secure future.”
As published on October 22, 2013 by Fox News a new report released by the Southern Education Foundation found that in one-third of America’s 50 states, the majority of public school children are designated as low-income (eligible for free or reduced lunches). Thirteen of the 17 states were in the South, and the remaining four were in the West. The report, entitled “A New Majority Low Income Students in the South and Nation” is available at http://www.southerneducation.org/cmspages/getfile.aspx?guid=0bc70ce1-d375-4ff6-8340-f9b3452ee088.
The second report published by Time Magazine on October 21, 2013 stated that the Opportunity Nation Coalition, found that six million of today’s young people, ages 17 to 24, are unemployed and not attending school. Researchers are concerned that since many of these young adults are without higher education and learning skills, they are less likely to command higher salaries and are at risk of becoming economically dependent on society. The study identified three states where young people are thriving the most – Minnesota, Vermont, and North Dakota – as well as three where young people struggle the most – New Mexico, Mississippi, and Nevada. The Opportunity Nation Coalition (http://www.opportunitynation.org/) is a bipartisan, cross-sector national campaign made up of more than 250 non-profits, businesses, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, community organizations, and individuals all working together to expand economic opportunity and close the opportunity gap in America. (http://nation.time.com/2013/10/21/study-6-million-youths-unemployed-and-not-in-school/)
No More Poverty (http://www.nmp.org) is a not-for-profit charity organization (with a pending 501(c)3 application) founded by brothers Dr. Michael Omidi and Julian Omidi. The organization seeks to end poverty at home and abroad by supporting the efforts of like-minded charities and agencies. Current efforts are focused on increasing awareness of and donations to charities already doing great work to address poverty and its staggering effects throughout the world. The plan is to expand our activities to include fostering business development and job creation in disenfranchised areas. Join us in the fight for No More Poverty. Suggestions for worthy partners in the fight for No More Poverty are welcome. For more information, please visit the organization’s social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google+.
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