Local and Global Fight Poverty Project

The Fight Poverty Project is a philanthropic enterprise of the Youth Senate that interfaces local and global efforts to fight poverty when possible for youth affected. Students research local nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in Africa that engage youth in the fight against poverty in their own communities, and across the world. Students organize and host events to raise money for the fight against poverty. Students in this service-learning project also facilitate classroom simulations on the impact of local and global poverty. They have reached 12,500 students in five years.

EVERYDAY in Africa:

  • 24,000 people die from starvation
  • 2,880 children die from malaria
  • 6,000 people die from HIV/AIDS
  • + 1,400 women die from pregnancy
  • 34,280 people die daily from preventable causes

Here in Washtenaw County:

  • 48,750  people are living below the poverty line, with 3,500 of them being homeless as well
  • The Washtenaw Intermediate School District's Educational Project for Homeless Youth (EPHY) served over 600 families last year, a 60% increase from the previous year
  • Washtenaw County has the second largest number of homeless people in the state
  • In the United States, the average age of a homeless individual is 9

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