1 in 3 people in St. Louis live in poverty.
Shocking, right? Or maybe you have heard statistics like this before. The problem is, sometimes it is hard to see the true effects of statistics. It is difficult to understand how they affect our own communities, our own families, or ourselves.
LET US TRY TO LAY OUT A CLEAR PICTURE OF THE "POVERTY PIPELINE", AND HOW INVESTING IN INDIVIDUAL PEOPLE CAN TRANSFORM A WHOLE CITY.
Growing up in poverty doesn’t just impact a person’s day-to-day reality. It has the power to determine their entire future. Right now in the United States, a kid’s socioeconomic status is a better indicator of college graduation than academic ability.
THAT MEANS THAT A CHILD’S ZIP CODE IS MORE TELLING ABOUT THEIR FUTURE SUCCESS THAN HOW HARD THEY WORK.
Poverty affects their entire lives.