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Living in poverty has a tremendous impact on all aspects of a young person's life. A child's mental, physical, social and educational well-being are all negatively affected by living below the poverty line. Minority children living in poverty in the United States face even more challenges.
Aiden's Light seeks to counter the negative effects of poverty on children
Did you know...
In New Jersey, the number of Black and Hispanic children living below 200% poverty is 410,000. (http://www.spotlightonpoverty.org/map-detail.aspx?state=New-Jersey#)
There are a disproportionate number of Black and Hispanic children living below the poverty line in New Jersey compared to the racial demographics of the state. (http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/07/14/black-child-poverty-rate-holds-steady-even-as-other-groups-see-declines/)
In addition there is a disproportion in the racial makeup of young people in the prison system. (http://www.childtrends.org/?indicators=young-adults-in-jail-or-prison)