WHY WE EXIST


  • http://www.richmond.com/news/special-report/poverty-along-jefferson-davis-highway/
  • because the number of households below the federal poverty level in Chesterfield grew by 71 percent in the last 10 years.
  • because the number of households with children in poverty doubled over that same timeframe.
  • because 89% of all children attending Bensley Elementary live below the poverty line.
  • because the Bensley community contains the highest concentration of poverty in Chesterfield County.
  • because children born into poverty are 6 times less likely to graduate from high school.  And if that child does not graduate, they are 63 times more likely to be incarcerated by the time they are 24.
  • because area principals identify after-school programs as key to addressing the effects on children living in poverty
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