Children and Youth
Rise in Graduation Rates Signal Gains in Fight Against the Dropout Epidemic
The U.S. graduation rate increased from 72 percent in 2002 to 75 percent in 2008 while the number of “dropout factory” high schools fell by
13 percent – several of which were schools from lower-income, urban and rural districts that were previously thought by many to be hopeless.
Read the America’s Promise Alliance report, Building a Grad Nation, and learn more about the dropout epidemic.
Data Uncovers Who America’s Uncovered Kids Are
According to 2008 data from the American Community Survey an estimated 7.3 million children lacked health insurance, 4.7 million of whom were
eligible for CHIP or Medicaid but were not enrolled, furthermore, uninsured rates varied significantly across the nation – ranging from a low
of 1.7 percent in Massachusetts to a high of 20.1 percent in Nevada. Download the Urban Institute reports on uninsured children here.
Speaking Out – Latino Youth Voice Their Thoughts on Discrimination in New Report
Close to 83% of Hispanic youth indicated in a recent national survey that discrimination is a personal problem for them. Speaking Out,
a new report from The National Council of La Raza, gives voice to these youth along with important analysis of the impact of social and institutional
racism on their lives. Download the report.
Full STEM Ahead! Out-of-School Time Programs Commit to “The Year of Science.”
Studies estimate that nearly 80% of future careers will require awareness of, and facility with, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM).
In light of this, the Afterschool Alliance, National AfterSchool Association (NAA), and National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) have declared
2010-2011 the Year of Science. Learn more about this initiative and get involved.
Collaborative Effort Underway to Ensure Economic Security for Older Adults
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation are partnering to provide one-on-one financial assistance through
economic security centers for over 1,200 older adults in six communities – Baltimore, Detroit, Houston, San Francisco, Trenton, and Orange County,
NY – that have been hard hit by the recession. Find out more about the initiative.
New Year, New Benefits for Seniors
January 1, 2011 ushered in new benefits for people with Medicare. Improvements include a 50% discount on prescription drugs in the Medicare Part D
donut hole, free preventive screenings, and the creation of a new Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation.
Visit the NCOA website to learn more.
Unemployment Rates Among Boomers
Unemployment rate for men age 55 to 64 increased from 3.2 percent in December 2008, when the recession began, to 7.8 percent in November 2010.
The counterpart unemployment rates for women were 2.9 percent and 6.1 percent. Read more in the Urban Institute report, updated December 2010.
Poverty and Community
Two Birds With One Stone – Is Health Reform a Way to Close the Gap on Racial Disparity?
Chronically ill Americans from racial and ethnic minorities make up more than half of America’s uninsured and they suffer higher rates of chronic
illness than the general population – 46 percent of nonelderly black adults and 35 percent nonelderly Hispanic adults have one or more chronic condition.
Learn about health disparities at the Center for American Progress and ways The Affordable Care Act can help to reduce them.
Up to 3.6 Million People Owe Their Jobs to the Recovery Act
The impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) on employment peaked in the third quarter of 2010, when it increased the number
of people employed by between 1.4 million and 3.6 million jobs. Read more at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
Giving’s Up, but Not Enough
Thirty-six percent of charities reported an increase in donations in the first nine months of 2010, compared with only 23 percent
in the same period of 2009, but the small rebound hasn’t been enough to help many nonprofits.
Read more in a recent report for the Nonprofit Research Collaborative.