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Man orphaned by Rwandan genocide awarded full ride to Harvard

At just 9-years-old, Justus Uwayesu became an orphan and street beggar in Rwanda. He had not bathed in more than a year when an American charity worker, Clare Effiong found him. Fast forward 13 years and Mr. Uwayesu isn’t just living in a different world, but rising through the academic ranks of not just his […]

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Report: being poor increases cancer risks

According to a new study, a community’s poverty rate correlates with incidence of certain types of cancer. The study, published Tuesday, was released by Francis Boscoe, researcher at the New York State Cancer Registry. 

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Study: challenges caused by poverty found to impact instructional time in classroom

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According to a study led by John Rogers of UCLA, poverty-related challenges steal time away from high school class periods at low income schools. As a result, students receive an average of 30 minutes less instruction per day than peers with higher incomes. 

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Obama signs executive order raising minimum wage for federal contract workers

President Obama signed an executive order raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour for U.S government contract workers. In his State of the Union address, the president mentioned his push for a higher minimum wage for federal contract workers, and the move fulfills his promise. 

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Black youth who face frequent discrimination at higher risk for deadly illnesses, diseases

Black youth who report experiencing frequent incidents of discrimination during adolescence are at a greater risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke in later years. The findings come at the conclusion of a study conducted by researchers at the University of Georgia and Emory University. 

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The harmful affects of eviction on communities of color

Matthew Desmond, a Harvard assistant professor who studies poverty, housing and eviction, found that 1 in 14 black residents in Milwaukee renting households is evicted each year. The proportion does not include the number of families whose lives are disrupted by involuntary displacement. 

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Poverty’s affects on children attending Philadelphia Public Schools

The city of Philadelphia was recently voted one of the most attractive cities to live in. From 2006 to 2012, the city’s population grew after declining for 50 years. While Philly is enjoying success as the latest thriving city, its public school system hasn’t been without its flaws. According to a series produced by NPR, […]

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Poll: Majority of America wants to raise minimum wage

The U.S. government hasn’t raised its minimum wage since 2009. Those earning the minimum make $7.25 hr., an income bracket that is sure to keep them in poverty. But according to a new Gallup poll, 58% of self-identified republicans would vote to raise the minimum wage to $9 hr.

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U.S. Census: 1 in 6 Americans live in poverty

According to most recent data collected by the U.S. Census, 1 in 6 Americans are living in poverty. The number of poor people in the country is 3 million higher than the official count.

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Graduation Part IV: Building Up Youth

“I fear death, I’m young I have a whole life ahead of me, I don’t want to start gang-banging and then people are killing people for no reason now. So it’s like I don’t want to gang-bang and walk down the street and get killed,  that takes away my life…but It’s going to hurt the […]

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