Seven Reasons Youth Struggle In Charlotte

Individually and collectively, Equity-Deprived Youth (EDY) struggle in poverty for seven inter-related reasons:

  1. The first reason they struggle in poverty is because of parental behavior and poor parental choices. Most poverty-stricken parents with poor behavior and parental choices were born into poverty themselves.
  2. The second reason they struggle in poverty is systemically and structurally, the status quo cut Equity-Deprived Youth (EDY) off from equitable access to opportunity, support, and the resources they need to transition successfully from youth into adulthood.
  3. The third reason they struggle in poverty is because even with all the forces in Charlotte sharing an irrevocable responsibility for their safety, health, and wellbeing, these youth are still experiencing neglect and deprivation that has been ongoing for decades, and will not end on its own, without effective and immediate intervention.
  4. The fourth reason they struggle in poverty is because the City of Charlotte and its forces are wedded to an outdated solution approach that leave far too many youth further and further behind with less education, less wealth, poor health, and shorter lifespans.
  5. The fifth reason they struggle in poverty is because the funding raised by the status quo on behalf of children born and STUCK in proverty, is consistently spent in a way that benefits the status-quo and does little or nothing to fundamentally change the trajectory and destination of their lives. For most of these youth, they end up STUCK in Charlotte’s Poverty Web with no relief or exit strategy in sight.
  6. The sixth reason they struggle in poverty is because intentionally or unintentionally, developmental harm is occurring on an on-going basis across five age-based cycles of their lives: (1) from birth year, (2) childhood, (3) middle childhood, (4) adolescents, and (5) early adulthood. This buildup of detrimental harm and damage is occurring every single day Equity-Deprived Youth (EDY) remain isolated and trapped in Charlotte’s Poverty Web where the movement of these youth are being restricted while the evil tentacles that gives poverty its grip roam free placing a sufficating stranglehold on their lives, hopes, dreams and aspirations.
  7. The seventh reason they struggle in poverty is because the City of Charlotte does not appear to hold itself accountable, nor those who play a central role in keeping these youth STUCK in poverty, accountable. One indicator that a lack of accountability is present, is when the actions, and inactions of the status quo are shielded and protected behind a false guise of best intention claims. A huge problem with best intention claims is they can allow economic, political and social forces who end up harming these youth in one way or another, avoid accountability without having to acknowledge their actions and decisions are deliberate. This is especially true, when a clear pattern of outcomes consistently result in little or no progress made year after year, decade after decade, and no one is held accountable for failing results.