DECLARE APRIL: YOUNG PEOPLE Awareness Month (Children, Teens & Young Adults)
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This is a request for the President Trump, Congress & Senate to:
Declare APRIL & AUGUST Young People Awareness Month"
The purpose of Young People Awareness Months are to:
- Raise visibility about the challenges that Young People face today, more so than any other previous generations.
- Motivate Young People to take better care of their Health, Fitness and Education.
- Give Young People an "It's All About Me Months"! Two whole months dedicated to everything Young People including Children, Teens and Young Adults.
MISSION: Motivate Young People - Children, Teens and Young Adults in taking better care of their Health, Fitness and Education in response to increased physical & mental abuse, neglect, incest, rape, suicides as a result of extreme bullying, alcohol and substance abuse by minors, more young people dropping out of school, homelessness, juvenile delinquency, hunger, negative stereotyping, bullying and obesity and the decrease in participation of youth in Activities and Sports, while others are facing financial debt after completing their 4+ yrs of college education due to insufficient number of jobs in their chosen field of education.
YOUNG PEOPLE AWARENESS MONTHS increases awareness and visibility of resources available to Young People (Children, Teens & Young Adults) through organized Health, Fitness & Financial Education events to assist YOUNG PEOPLE in taking better care of their well being.
WHY April and August? Because April is in the beginning weeks of Spring and August is at the end of summer where most young people are confined indoors because poverty prevents them from going to summer camps or traveling to other places during summer months while others work summer jobs with long hours and most of their income is used to financially help their family household stay afloat.
For more information visit: http://youngpeopleawarenessmonth.com
MORE REASONS ABOUT WHY APRIL & AUGUST SHOULD BE DECLARED YOUNG PEOPLE's MONTH - Children, Teens and Young Adults
SINGLE PARENT HOUSEHOLDS - Alot of Young People come from Single Parent Households. The problems begin at home. Since the 1950s, the number of single parent homes has consistently increased to the point of catastrophe. Today, 14 million single parents are responsible for 28 million young people. Raising a child is difficult enough in a two parent home, especially in tough economic conditions.
The situation is even direr when there is only one parent. Economically, a single parent is likely to bring less income home. This equates to fewer opportunities for such vital necessities as education. Trying to make ends meet also takes time – time that is spent away from children who need a parent’s guiding/influence. Absent a parent’s diligent guidance, children become subject to higher dropout rates, higher risk of dangerous sexual behaviors and pregnancies, higher chances of drug and alcohol abuse –etc. It truly takes a village to raise a child.
DRUG / ALCOHOL ABUSE - There was a time in cinematic history where virtually every actor/actress was portrayed on screen with a cigarette in hand. Smoking, it was implied, was cool. As a result everyone was doing it, including kids. Well, as awareness to the danger of smoking increased, “cool” images of smoking disappeared.
Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about drugs and alcohol. These vices are staples in everyday media. Simply, drinking and using drugs is shown as being cool.
The numbers bear the tale. 21% of high school seniors say they get high and 41% of the same group report drinking alcohol. Our kids are literally moving around in an intoxicated daze. Immature behavior is then amplified due to being under the influence. Drunk driving, poor grades and attendance, anti-social and violent behavior and the list goes on.
GROWING UP TOO FAST -There was a time when kids enjoyed being kids. Today, even at the earliest of ages, children are partaking in adult activities with serious consequences. Similar to what we see with alcohol and drugs, sex is a very popular and portrayed subject matter. The movies, TV, the internet, essentially everywhere a kid turns he or she is bombarded with sexual suggestions.
In fact, there are entire TV series marketed directly to kids dealing with sex – the egregious being The Secret Lives of an American Teenager and Teen Mom, to name two. Music is a culprit as well. Songs have always had sexual innuendos, but at least “back in the day” you had to be old enough to understand them. Today, it’s all about “How low can you go” and “baby let me sex you up.” children are having sex as early as 10 and 11, with teen pregnancies increasingly on the rise. The concept of childhood is literally being wiped out.
VIOLENCE IN SCHOOLS - A child’s education is the foundation from which he or she will be able to go forth out into the world and build a life. Schools play a major role in this endeavor, and therefore it is reasonable to expect that these places of learning would be safe havens for the children while they are preparing for adulthood. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
In many instances, especially in low income, urban settings, schools can be a war zone. We are not only talking about bullying / group bullying, but other serious violence acts. Consider that in the last decade 284 kids were murdered due to school violence – these were shootings, stabbings, fighting and suicides. Growing up is tough enough without having to be worried about being killed while going to math class.
OBESITY - Children are fat and getting fatter. Recent numbers show that 20% of children are obese. Not chubby –OBESE! Video games, TV, the internet and fast food are partly to blame. Kids are spending more time sitting in front of a TV/computer screen than running around outside. This sedentary lifestyle has consequences.
Socially, it’s no secret that overweight young people including teens are going to be subject to ridicule from their peers – it’s sad, but nevertheless true. This can result in such issues as low self-esteem, depression, etc. Then there are the health concerns. High blood pressure, diabetes and other maladies that is associated with obesity. Psychologically and physically, obesity is an issue that can be resolved with a simple increase in activity and awareness.
POVERTY - The federal poverty level is $22,050 for a family of four. This equates to 21% of all children (15 million children) are considered in poverty. Just to cover basic expenses for a family of four you would need to have a salary of $45,000. This means that nearly 50% of our youth are living in poverty. Half of those kids receive no government assistance because their parents earned more than $22,050 that year. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), that poverty is the single greatest threat to children’s well-being.
Poverty impedes learning and contributes to social and behavioral problems. And guess what? There is no income to counteract these problems. Mommy cannot afford a tutor or Daddy cannot afford a counselor. There is a huge opportunity for society to stop being so materialistic and in turn poverty wouldn’t be such an issue because most children will all have the same things –things they need instead of what they want. This would decrease violence in schools because fewer kids would be teased.
RESULT? Increased attendance & participation by youth in School, Sports, Games and Club activities higher numbers of teens excelling in Education, while motivating them to take better care of their Health & Fitness and Education. Improved Social Cohesion with other children.
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