Data suggests that 1 in 5 American young adults, ages 18-34, are living in poverty. We’re looking for stories about the experiences of these millennials.
Recently, I have been reading The American Way of Poverty: How The Other Half Still Lives by Sasha Abramsky. A specific passage caught my attention:
In part, America’s poverty epidemic is a failure of imagination–we haven’t invested enough energy into understanding the causes and manifestations of poverty in today’s United States, or into imagining alternatives. In part, though, it’s a failure of empathy–we haven’t as a society worked out why we should care.
With census information dating from 1980 to today, trends show that young adult poverty is on the rise. It is predicted that at least 1 in 5 millennials live in poverty. If we are to understand the causes, imagine alternatives, and empathize with these individuals, we must also be willing to hear their stories.
The Guyhood section of the Good Men Project is seeking submissions from young adults who:
- currently live in poverty
- have risen from poverty
- are on the front lines of advocacy (minimum wage; structural inequality; etc.)
- imagine alternatives to our societal structure that allows these levels of poverty
This is not a restrictive list. Other ideas are certainly welcome.
Please e-mail proposals, drafts, or fully edited works to [email protected].
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