I hope this is helpful because poverty is a systemic issue, meaning there are always different components leading to poverty that we sometimes never consider. So, here are some ideas that could feasibly help people who are living day to day transition towards a life where they can climb out of poverty.
1. Preschool access for disadvantaged children.By the start of kindergarten, poor children are already faring worse than their higher-income peers when it comes to cognitive abilities and behavioral problems. Expanding access to and the quality of preschool programs among poor children under the age of 5 could help address this.
2. Address the “parenting divide” to promote early childhood development for disadvantaged children.
3. Reduce unintended pregnancies for young women.
4. Design effective mentoring programs for disadvantaged youth.
5. Expand summer job opportunities for low-Income kids.
6. Address the academic barriers to higher education.
7. Expand apprenticeship opportunities for U.S. workers.
8. Reward colleges for better preparing low-income students for high-paying jobs.
9. Support working families by offering an updated refundable child-care credit.
10. Make thoughtful minimum wage policy at the state and local levels.
Mandatory minimum wage levels have been an effective tool to combat poverty, and various state and local governments have set minimum wages over the federal level. A smart framework for adjusting minimum wages on a regional level would maximize the impact that minimum wage laws can have on poverty.