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This Revolutionary Non-Profit is Breaking the Generational Poverty Cycle

Friends of the Children uses mentors to engage with at-risk children in need for 12.5 years.

This story is part of an ongoing campaign called the Alphabet of Illiteracy. By using letters themselves—the foundation of reading and writing—Project Literacy examines the ways illiteracy underpins some of the greatest challenges facing the world today. Below, we explore the letter P for “poverty.”

A screenshot of a U.S. Department of Education Public Service Announcement. Photo Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education YouTube account.

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How Literacy Is Taking People From Poverty to Pension

Workplace training can mean a life-changing second chance. #projectliteracy

Workplace literacy can mean the difference between being homeless and climbing the career ladder. Image via Flickr user Flazingo Photos (cc).

To meet Arthur Welch today, one might assume the 54-year-old bus driver has lived an ordinary life. But only recently did the veteran start putting together the pieces that make it “ordinary”—earlier this year Welch had a suspended license and no job. The Atlanta native grew up in one of the city’s crime-ridden Westside neighborhoods, but graduated from high school with a clean record. “I just managed to stay out of trouble,” he says, adding that most of his peers did not.

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This month, a landmark decision was made to cut the amount of food we waste in the United States in half by 2030. Americans currently waste one-third of our food supply each year—that’s 133 billion pounds that currently go to landfills, yielding the third largest source of methane in the US. Not only does this mean wasted money, time, and fuel invested in farming, harvesting, and transporting food that does nothing but harm the environment, but it is also a lost opportunity to use the food in productive ways, like creating energy, enriching farming, or feeding people in need.

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