Rutherford Poverty Q5
Nonprofits can play a pivotal role in helping reduce poverty by offering programs to help people learn about financial literacy and develop family, life and job skills they need to find and maintain employment.
In addition, nonprofits such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire connect at-risk young people with mentors who can encourage them and help build their self-confidence and resiliency. Research has shown that young people who have mentors are less likely to drop out of school or use drugs and alcohol, and they are more likely to graduate from high school and continue their education.
We also need more nonprofits that provide affordable child care for working parents. In order for most parents to work outside the home, they need access to child care. The high cost of child care leads some low-income parents to choose not to work, which makes it harder for their families to pull themselves out of poverty.