By Kristen Johnson
The statistics surrounding urban youth in the U.S. are pretty grim. As of 2014, 19% of adolescents were living below the poverty line. Worse yet – 60% of African Americans adolescents live in low-income households, as do 59% of Hispanics, and 56% of American Indians. (Act for Youth). Clearly, anything we, as society and as Christians, have a duty to support programs that help these children, as well as to do the helping ourselves!
The Dream Corps is one such agency that should get our support, as they are working directly on initiatives to assist urban youth. This awesome organization focuses on 3 primary initiatives to support at-risk youth:
#Yes We Code: This is a national initiative to support 100,000 underrepresented youth to find success in the tech industry. They provide apprenticeships for minorities aged 18-30 to learn high-quality computer coding. Given that the industry is always looking for tech talent and the jobs are often high-paying and secure, this is obviously a much-needed program. Providing job training for at-risk youth – an amazing idea and an amazing goal!
#cut 50: As one who has written repeatedly and worked often on reducing mass incarceration in this county, I have nothing but praise about a program that aims to reduce the number of people in prisons and jails by 50% They are working on initiatives to provide compassion and treatment, rather than incarceration. Amen to that!
#Green for All: This initiative is wonderful for underserved communities and the world! The idea is to make polluters pay for their sins and to ensure that climate change solutions are fair to underserved communities. Their call-to-action regarding the water situation in Flint speaks to the work they do. To sign the current petition, see here: http://www.makepolluterspay.us.
To support this wonderful organization or to find out more, see their website here: http://www.thedreamcorps.org.
To join The Love Army (what’s not to love about an army of love?!?) see here: http://www.thedreamcorps.org/lovearmy.
Thank you to The Dream Corps for the marvelous work you to on behalf of urban youth and underserved communities. You have inspired me to do more work on behalf of youth in my community!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NRSV): For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
Serve all with love.
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