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Young People and Poverty. Impact and possibilities. The Challenge. “Not much is known about the number of poor young people around the world and the ways they experience poverty…Few researchers have looked into the poverty characteristics of young people…” World Youth Report 2005.

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Young people and poverty

Young People and Poverty

Impact and possibilities


The challenge

The Challenge

“Not much is known about the number of poor young people around the world and the ways they experience poverty…Few researchers have looked into the poverty characteristics of young people…”

World Youth Report 2005


Define poverty

Define Poverty

  • Those living on less than the equivalent of $1 per day.

  • Those living on less than the equivalent of $2 per day.

  • Those without sufficient nourishment.

  • “lack of basic human capacities, such as illiteracy, malnutrition, low life expectancy, poor maternal health, [and the] prevalence of preventable diseases, together with indirect measures such as access to the goods, services and infrastructures necessary to achieve basic human capacities [including] sanitation, clean drinking water, education, communications [and] energy”*.

    *Government of Mozambique, “Action Plan for the Reduction of Absolute Poverty (2001-2005) (PARPA)”, p. 11.


Youth in poverty by the numbers

Youth In Poverty by the Numbers

  • 110.1 million young people are considered undernourished.

  • 238 million are living on less than $1 per day.

  • 462 million are living on less than $2 per day.

  • There are approximately 1.5 billion young people in the world today. (This varies from a little over 1billion – 1.7 billion depending on definition.)


What does this mean

What does this mean?

  • Nearly half of young people in our world are in what has been classified as extreme poverty. What does this mean for our world?

  • Not only are those young people being deprived, but we are too. How are we are being deprived by this situation?


What can we do

What can we do?

  • Learn about poverty in our own context.

  • Learn about poverty in our country.

  • Learn about poverty beyond our own country/context.

  • Meet people where they are.

  • Develop relationships.

  • Make sure what we do is accessible.

  • Reexamine our consumption and educate others.


Strategies

Strategies

  • Direct intervention.

    • Connecting young people of differing economic situations.

    • Support of established programs.

    • Creating new possibilities.


Education fundraising

Education/Fundraising

B1 is a fasting campaign that engages youth in issues facing impoverished communities. B1 stands for “One being, being one”. Similar to the South African concept of Ubuntu, B1 seeks to connect youth to issues facing our sisters and brothers both in our immediate communities and around the world.


Ubuntu

ubuntu

“A person with ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not feel threatened that others are able and good, for he or she has a proper self-assurance that comes from knowing that he or she belongs in a greater whole and is diminished when others are humiliated or diminished, when others are tortured or oppressed.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu 1999


Micro enterprise

Micro Enterprise

  • The Youth Service Fund (YSF) was created by youth to support youth involvement in service. Currently 70 percent of all funds raised by the youth remain in their annual conferences with 30 percent supporting the international Youth Service Fund grants. At both levels, youth are the ones to decide who receives the grants.


Prayer

Prayer

  • “Pray With Africa is a movement to change the world through prayer. It is about building relationships and bridges between individuals of different backgrounds and cultures. We are not asking people to pray for Africa.”

    www.praywithafrica.org


Advocacy

Advocacy

  • Learn about the issues

    • The UN www.un.org/esa/socdev/unyin/agenda.htm, www.unfpa.org/upload/lib_pub_file/751_filename_poverty.pdf

    • World Vision http://www.worldvisionusprograms.org/#/educationyouth

    • Global Issueswww.globalissues.org

  • General Board of Church and Society

    www.umc-gbcs.org

    • US Legislationwww.senate.gov/pagelayout/legislative/g_three_sections_with_teasers/legislative_home.htm

    • Local Legislation


Other ideas

Other ideas???

  • What are you doing now to connect with young people in poverty?

  • What are we doing now that reinforces poverty’s grip on young people?

  • What is the challenge for creating change in ourselves? In others?

  • How can we influence change in our church and world?


Personal change

Personal Change

  • What changes can we make that has impact on poverty for young people?

  • How can our ministries support young people experiencing poverty?

  • What new ministries might make sense for our context that could impact young people in poverty?

  • Is there one strategy we can identify that has the potential for positive change?


A last thought

A Last Thought

  • “One person can’t change the world, but they can change the world for one person.”


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