Ways to Support Our Youngest Citizens This Spring
Support our School Students
On March 24th, 2018 join the March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C. or anywhere near your home. This is a major national and local event in support of safe schools for all our children and grandchildren. Find out if an event is being held near your home.
If you have young relatives, or if there are high school students or other young people in your congregations or community groups, beg them to register and vote. Plan a Lobby Day for young people this spring to promote their interest in safe schools, or any issue of their choosing.
Promise the Children is joining with Essex County Community Organization (ECCO), a grass roots, congregation-based community organization on the North Shore of Massachusetts, to hold a lobby day for students on April 19th at 9:00 a.m. at St. Stephen’s church in Lynn. Let us know if you’re interested in volunteering or attending.
Support Our Children of Low-Waged Families
Many working parent(s) face work hours that are erratic and poorly paid. In order to meet the basic cost of living, including food, childcare, and travel to and from work, low-waged families need your voice.
Speak up for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Additional Child Tax Credit (ACTC). EITC and ACTC supplement low wages of working families. These refundable tax credits lowered the national poverty rate by 3 percentage points in 2015, which is equivalent to lifting 9.2 million people above the poverty line. These subsidies prevent homelessness by allowing families to pay for housing, childcare and to get to work on time. Twenty-nine states have EITC programs that supplement the federal program. The current President has cut funding for this program in his budget.
Our Food Stamp program, also known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also requires permanent funding. One in four children in the United States requires the food stamp program. SNAP protects our children from starving, and families are eligible based on low earnings. In a typical month, SNAP helps nearly 20 million children afford an adequate diet. Our current President proposes severe cuts and an end for food stamps. For more information, read the Food & Research Action Center (FRAC) review of the President’s proposed 2019 budget.
Our after-school and summer programs for youth need your support as well. These programs serve school-aged youth with tutoring in literacy, STEM, mentoring, arts, and sports and recreation. All communities and our children need these programs while parents are working. Children should not be left unsupervised at home alone or out on the street. Current estimates suggest that nearly 10 million children and youth participate in after-school programs each year. The current President proposes ZERO funding for after-school and summer programs.
We ask that you contact your legislators in support of our children. Thank you for your support of our children!