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To improve the life of underprivileged families is essential for their children to have a prosperous future. Researchers at Urban Institute in the United States – which specializes in socioeconomic analyses and statistics, states that in US states, 9 million children live in poverty until age 17. A condition deemed a limiting factor for social mobility. Of these 9 million minors, 56% are black, 36% white and 8% of another race or ethnic background. Only the two main groups were considered.

Numbers show that only 62% of persistently poor children complete high school compared with 90% of children who never experience poverty. As age progresses only a third of people who were persistently poor as children are consistently working or in school between the ages of 25 and 30. Among youngsters who are wealthier, this rate is 20% higher. But there are ways to change this vicious cycle.

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The Institute pointed out four strategies that can see to that more children have access to a better future:

  1. Connect families with the resources for which they are eligible, making sure that parents in poverty gain access to benefits and services before their child is born or in the hospital.

  2. Link parents experiencing poverty with subsidized employment and develop education and training programs targeted at less educated parents.

  3. Use the Supplemental Security Income program to connect recipients with minor children to services based on the needs of the whole family.

  4. Develop place-conscious strategies that address the conditions of persistently poor children’s neighborhoods and schools, as well as programs that help families experiencing poverty move out of disadvantaged neighborhoods to neighborhoods with better schools and more opportunities.

Source: Predictors of persistently poor children’s economic success. Click here for full article.