LU Solutions: Youth

If $9 Trillion where put into the Living Universal Basic Income, some money would have to go to kids since there is no part time jobs. Many teens need a rescue.

Homeless youth are at high risk for involvement in the criminal justice system. Homeless youth who have been physically abused are almost twice as likely to be incarcerated compared to homeless youth without a history of physical abuse.

80% of runaway and homeless girls reported having ever been sexually or physically abused. Often enlisted in prostitution.

34% of runaway youth (girls and boys) reported sexual abuse before leaving home.
Other abuses consist of mentally ill parents, step parents who throw the step child out, etc.

43% of runaway youth (girls and boys) reported physical abuse before leaving home.

Childhood abuse increases youths’ risk for later victimization on the street. Physical abuse is associated with elevated risk of assaults for runaway and homeless youth, while sexual abuse is associated with higher risk of rape for runaway and homeless youth.

Over 70% of runaway and throwaway youth in 2002 were estimated to be endangered, based on 17 indicators of harm or potential risk. The most common endangerment component was physical or sexual abuse at home or fear of abuse upon return. The second most common endangerment component was the youth’s substance dependency.

These kids fall into human trafficking, drug moles, and other forms of exploitation.

I brought up Jackie Cougan laws also. The Coogan Law is named for famous child actor Jackie Coogan. Coogan was discovered in 1919 by Charlie Chaplin and soon after cast in the comedian’s famous film, The Kid. Jackie-mania was in full force during the 1920s, spawning a wave of merchandise dedicated to his image. It wasn’t until his 21st birthday after the death of his father and the dwindling of his film career that Jackie realized he was left with none of the earnings he had work so hard for as a child. Under California law at the time, the earnings of the minor belonged solely to the parent.
Coogan eventually sued his mother and former manager for his earnings. As a result, in 1939, the Coogan Law was put into effect, presumably to protect future young actors from finding themselves in the same terrible situation that Jackie Coogan was left in. Unfortunately, the 1939 incarnation of the Coogan Law was flawed, leaving open various loopholes and necessitating long term, court sanctioned contracts for validation.

The LUBI should be for adults, a small stipend for kids equal to part time.
Teens at the age of 16 should be able to receive for emancipation and should have their own apartments if a relative cannot help. Kids should be able to be protected from parents seeking money from their kids.

On a lighter note children will not have to watch other get their desires and have spectator life. The minor stipend could get kids the money they need to devlop talents and work toward their dreams.

A higher percentage of children live in poverty now than did during the Great Recession, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released Tuesday.

About 22% of children in the U.S. lived below the poverty line in 2013, compared with 18% in 2008, the foundation’s 2015 Kids Count Data Book reported. In 2013, the U.S. Department of Human and Health Service’s official poverty line was $23,624 for a family with two adults and two children.

In 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared war on American soil: the War on Domestic Poverty. Since then, hundreds of billions of dollars have flowed from the U.S. government to large and small towns across America. Our government has provided free food, repaired dilapidated homes and furnished jobs to those in need.

Government agencies have indeed provided millions of Americans with much needed aid. Nevertheless, our country has not won the War on Poverty. In 1996, millions more Americans lived in poverty than in 1964. A 1996 Fordham University report says that the country’s social well-being has reached its lowest point in a quarter century, with children and young people suffering the most.

Unfortunately, not all of America’s poor have been so fortunate. According to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau in September 1996, 13.8% of Americans live in poverty. Many more are on the borderline. Poverty affects all ages, but an astonishing 48% percent of its victims are children:

About 15 million children — one out of every four — live below the official poverty line.

22% of Americans under the age of 18 — and 25% under age 12 — are hungry or at the risk of being hungry.

Everyday 2,660 children are born into poverty; 27 die because of it.

Children and families are the fastest growing group in the homeless population, representing 40%.

We must declare war on poverty again and protect and enhance the lives of teens by giving them a better quality of life. ALL kids equally.


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