‘Charlotte’s Poverty Web™ – Limiting the Mobility of Equity-Deprived Youth (EDY)

Youth STUCK In Charlotte’s Poverty Web™

Poverty an intentional man-made social construct, exist in every corner across the United States. However, according to a 2014 Harvard study, Charlotte’s Poverty Web™ stands out nationally, as the most difficult poverty webs in the United States for children born into poverty to escape from.

So much so, two out of three adolescents and teens, born and STUCK in poverty, struggle, and fail, and end up remaining in Charlotte’s Poverty Web™ as adults, for life!

Unfortunately, In addition to being STUCK inside due to a lack of mobility, these youth are also cut off from equitable access to opportunity, investment, resources, and support they desperately need, to transition successfully from youth into adulthood.

‘Charlotte’s Poverty Web’ is also a social determinant of health ‘death trap’ that spreads life-threatening impact all over poor communities:

  • Detonating the hopes, dreams, and aspirations of people in need of upward mobility and advancement.
  • Poisoning the pool of better health starts for children and youth, while pipelining their lives and future into a life of juvenile delinquency, and incarceration.
  • Killing off wealth building opportunities for poverty-stricken communities, so that their divested communities never accumulate generational wealth.
  • Contaminating poverty-stricken zip codes with toxic facilities, inadequate access to healthy food, inadequate transportation, air and water pollution, and unsafe homes.
  • Perpetuating life-threatening disparities and inequities without acknowledging it is deliberate.

Here is what donors who are unfamiliar with our cause might not realize, while ‘Charlotte’s Poverty Web’ keep these youth traped and STUCK where they are, neglect and deprivation continue to harm these youth, while the failure to intervene effectively, across five age-based life cycles: compounds their suffering.

In effect, allowing the street dogs of deepening anxiety, depression, juvenile delinquency, substance abuse, suicide, high school drop-out rates, gang activity, human trafficking, crime, incarceration, teen pregnancy and even DEATH, to hunt them down like prey and devour their lives.

Donors should know, despite the City’s best intentions claim, it is the City of Charlotte’s own failing actions and inactions across five age-based life cycles that are preventing Equity-Deprived Youth (EDY) from transitioning successfully from youth into adulthood.

The five age-based life cycles are: (1) from birth year, (2) early childhood, (3) middle childhood, (4) adolescents, and (5) early adulthood.

What’s worse, Charlotte’s systemic and structural poverty, is not only fueling an intergenerational poverty-cycle, that has gone on for decades, but also perpetuating the on-going destruction of Equity-Deprived lives without acknowledging it is deliberate.

The sad truth is it doesn’t have to be this way. If you don’t want to take our word for it, you can certainly take his: