The back-to-school-jitters are over, and Baltimore students are finally starting to nestle into the school year ahead. For children living in poverty, attaining an adequate education isn’t an easy feat – and by no fault of their own. My Brother’s Keeper is committed to transforming its community, which includes breaking the cycle of poverty. Let’s discuss how this ties into educational growth, school attendance, and more.
How Poverty Affects Child Education
At MBK, we understand that a good education is a “game changer” that can launch people out of poverty and toward a more secure and successful life, for both themselves and their future family. We also understand that children living in poverty need support, restless encouragement, and valuable resources in order to get ahead in school – much less keep up with others in their grade level. The following are statistics about children living in poverty as it relates to education:
- According to the U.S. Census Report, almost a quarter of Baltimore residents live below the poverty line
- According to the British School of Sociology and Education, children living in poverty have a higher number of absenteeism; in addition, there is an increased chance that they stop attending school entirely in order to work or care for family members
- According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, 16 to 24-year-old students who come from low income families are seven times more likely to dropout than students who come from higher income families
- According to Princeton Publications, children living below the poverty line are 1.3 times more likely to suffer from developmental delays and learning disabilities in comparison to children who don’t live in poverty
- According to the US Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, African American, Hispanic, and low-income students are already 2 years behind grade level by the time they reach 4th grade, and 4 years behind by the time they reach 12th grade
- According to Baltimore City Public Schools, 84 percent of Baltimore public school students are low-income enough to qualify for free or reduced-price lunch
My Brother Keeper’s Commitment to Attendance and Education
With the return of the school year is our hope at MBK that each child will achieve and live in God’s purpose for their lives. In the coming weeks we plan to share further statistics with you regarding poverty and education as it relates to Baltimore, specifically in correlation with the fine faculty and staff at BEMS. We hope sharing this knowledge will help families understand the importance of breaking the cycle of poverty and rising above societal restrictions, so that our young people can achieve their aspirations. Join us in this commitment to better our youth and show them that the education they deserve is within reach with the right resources and support.
Talk to My Brother’s Keeper About Helping
To learn more about our youth programs, how to help, or to find out more about our services including hot meal programs, employment assistance, health services and identifying possible emergency shelter, call MBK today at 410-644-3194. You can also follow our official MBK page on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, to stay up to date on our center’s progress and upcoming events in the community.