“Who’s Poor in America? . . . a data portrait”

April 23, 2014

tCI programs break the cycle of generational poverty by building opportunities and avenues for advancement, especially for the young people in our communities. These programs are even more important now as childhood poverty rates are once again on the rise, as a recent Pew Research Center report details.

In 2012, 15% of American families lived at the federal government’s official poverty rate. But when you consider that the 2013 poverty guideline from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is an annual income of just $23,550 for a family of four, it’s clear how dire the financial reality is for families at or even near this poverty rate.

Minorities and female single-parent households are even more at risk, according to Pew. In 2012, half of households living in poverty were headed by single females. And about 27% of African Americans and 26% of the Hispanic population in the U.S. lived in poverty.

This financial reality tends to be generational and a very difficult cycle to break. Our network of programs uses academic support and tutoring, mentoring, and job/life skills education to give young people the tools to break their cycle of poverty and the opportunities they need to get jobs that can support the next generation.


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