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Northeast Parent & Child Society 1 Northeast Parent & Child Society Patrick Sheridan Union College March 13, 2008
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Northeast Parent & Child Society 2 Abstract Today in the city of Schenectady, New York issues of child abuse and family crisis are prevalent as a result of the current economic situation. Mayor Brian U. Stratton is working hard to implement sound programs to help under privileged families such as a 1 percent tax cut for property owners and “The Schenectady HOME Program” which “calls for removing of blighted housing and other structures, while providing more opportunities for lower-income families to own their own homes”; however, there is only so much the government can do following proper legal guidelines. To aid in the resolution of this crisis many pro-bono organizations and charity volunteer facilities have been put into place. I will be focusing on one in particular, Northeast Parent & Child Society, because this organization has constructed many different branches in order to help and support an array of social issues happening everyday.
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Northeast Parent & Child Society 3 Social Problem A prevalent social problem throughout the world is poverty. I believe in helping those less fortunate than myself so throughout middle school and high school I would set aside a portion of my allowance that I would then give back to parents in order to help them sponsor a poor child in Africa. I understood this cause because as a child, and still today, I see commercials and television programs asking for donations for the starving children of foreign countries. However, it was not until I went away to college here in Schenectady, New York that I realized the problem of poverty is closer than I had ever imaged. Being born and raised in Short Hills, New Jersey I truly thought America was exempt from poverty. I believed that no Americans ever died of starvation and that if a child my age was not in school on a school day, they would get thrown in jail for playing “hooky”. I basically assumed that my life was pretty typical of any American youth. Boy was I wrong. My experienced growing up in Short Hills, New Jersey can appropriately be described sheltered. For example, Short Hills in 91.18% white, 70.4% Democrat and 56.95% actively religious. While there was a clear lack of diversity in the town, Short Hills differs from most of the country in regards to economy. The median home cost in America is $208,500, while in Short Hills it is $637,100, nearly 3 times that of the rest of the country. The overall cost of housing in Short Hills rates at 305.6 while in the rest of America it is merely 100. One can only imagine the upbringing children experienced in this town. I attended great school systems, participated in nearly a dozen different recreational sports and enjoyed the bliss of childhood. I appreciated every aspect of my
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Northeast Parent & Child Society 4 childhood and empathize with those who have not, and cannot, speak so highly of their opportunities. (Cannon) For example, Union College is located in Schenectady, New York.
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