Grace Outreach is a non-profit located in the South Bronx which serves low-
income women of all ages who seek to enhance their academic skills, pursue higher education and find employment (http://www.graceoutreachbronx.org/).
WHY YOU SHOULD DONATE!!!!:
There are many reasons why women served by Grace Outreach drop out of high school. These include pregnancy, placement into foster care, domestic violence, substance abuse, and physical and mental health issues. Our students comprise both teenage and older single mothers (over 60%); teens aging out of foster care (over 15%); the unemployed (over 60%); those receiving public assistance (over 50%); immigrants (10%), and those contending with housing, child custody and other legal issues (over 65%).
These are among the many obstacles our students face. But the numbers on the ground tell a story that brings into stark contrast the overwhelming challenges for women in the South Bronx, the need for Grace Outreach, and the urgency for your support.
15%: Number of girls, aged 15-19, who became pregnant in 2005, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. This figure leads all of New York City. And only one-third of those women received their high-school diplomas (according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy).
Over 30% of households consisted of families headed by single women. (Three of the five are Indian reservations in South Dakota; the fourth is Holmes County, Mississippi, according to a 2010 Lehman College Bronx Census Data study.)
19%: Drop out rate among South Bronx high school students. (Source: New York Daily News)
Living in Poverty
39.4% of Congressional District 16 live in poverty. That’s the single highest rate in the United States.
The Bronx leads the United States in percentage of children living below the poverty line, at 52.4%.
And no other congressional district had so few people "well off" (that is, with household incomes at least five times the poverty rate), according to the Census Bureau's ACS 2006-2008.
In terms of the numbers of those living in poverty, the South Bronx is in a statistical tie with Hidalgo County, Texas, on the lower Rio Grande.