In 2011, the official poverty rate in the U.S. was 15 percent. There were 46.2 million people in poverty. (Census Bureau)
Disconnected youth are defined as young people, ages 16 to 24, who are out of school and out of work. In the U.S., approximately 5.8 million young people fit into this category. (Measure of America)
Every year, thousands of youth “age out” of the foster care system. More than one in five will become homeless and one in four will be incarcerated within two years of leaving the system. (Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative)
Twelve million American adults use payday loans annually. Only 14 percent of borrowers can afford enough out of their monthly budgets to repay an average payday loan. (Pew States)
It is estimated that the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) helped keep three million children out of poverty in 2011. (Center for American Progress)
Almost 29.5 million children lived in households where more than 30 percent of the monthly income was spent on rent, mortgage payments, taxes, insurance, and/or related expenses. (Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF), Kids Count)
During the past 15 years in the U.S., the number of youth incarcerated on a single day has dropped from a high 107,637 to approximately 70,000.
Still, nearly 40 percent of juvenile commitments and detentions are due to technical violations of probation, drug possession, low-level property offenses, public order offenses, and status offenses. (AECF)