Poverty is not limited to urban and suburban residents. Within the state of Minnesota one in seven of our children are living in poverty. The rate of poverty has increased 56% in the state of Minnesota since 2000. For a family of four the poverty line is at $22,000 per year.
A commentary, "When hard work is not enough", by Brian Rusche, the executive director of the Joint Religious Legislative Coalition discusses the severe impact poverty can have on children. It is now believed that the chronic stress related to poverty leads to inhibited brain development. Mr. Rusche cites the following additional impacts of poverty on children.
- more likely to drop out of school
- require economic aid and social services as adults
- exhibit hopelessness
- fall into patterns of criminal behavior
- be under of unemployed
|Peter Benson, October 2010, presenting|
at state mentoring conference
the University of Minnesota