Top Three Issues That Our Youth Face Today

In this new Millennium society, we have started to experience serious problems with the issues that youths worldwide have to deal with. While some problems have always been there, they are now considered very alarming to the eyes of the public; therefore, experts in the society strive hard to find necessary solutions. Other issues we face today are new trends since our society starts to adapt life’s faster pace. You can find below the top three issues that our youth, regardless of race, culture and nationality, are facing today.

Top Three Issues That Our Youth Face Today

  1. Poverty

For a family of 4, the federal poverty level is about $22, 050. This equates to a total of 21% of all 15 million children that are considered in poverty. When you have a family of four, the minimum salary that you need to have is$45, 000 in order to cover all the basic expenses of your family. This means that about half of our children live in poverty. It also means 50% of those children don’t receive assistance from the government since their parents are earning more than the basic $22, 050 a year. According to recent studies, poverty is the greatest threat to the overall well-being of our children today.

Poverty impedes education and greatly contributes to behavioral and social issues. And guess what? There’s no income to solve these problems. Daddy cannot pay a counselor or Mommy cannot pay a tutor. There’s actually a big opportunity for society to end its materialistic side and because of that, poverty might not become a big problem because most kids will all have exactly the same things – those they need, and not they want. This act would eventually decrease bullying and violence in schools since fewer kids or none at all would be teased.

  1. Constantly Shifting Economy

America used to keep itself on top by making its own products by manufacturing and then selling those products. However, the economy is now shifting to more of an industry for services, than a manufacturing industry. Therefore, in order to keep the prices of the products down and to cut costs, big companies are forced to outsource their manufacturing operations to other countries. It is because other countries can be able to produce products out of much lower manpower costs. Some businesses have even started to outsource jobs for call centers in different countries in order to keep the costs of labor down. It is not only America that is facing lower paying service jobs since the global economy is experiencing it already.

Whatever happens in other countries can drastically affect prices for the stock exchanges of other countries. For example, if something happened to the economy of Iraq or Japan, the stock exchanges for oil and gas, as well as many other products, will drastically go down. How exactly does this affect our youth today? The youth cannot pursue their education without struggling from the pains of having lower income jobs. In addition to that, you are paid very little if you have no experience and there’s a very little change for pay increases. As a matter of fact, the competition to get a job promotion can be very difficult nowadays. In the past, high school seniors could easily graduate and find work at the local factories and can still earn good income. That means they don’t have to go to college in order to survive. But with our youth today, even though they graduate from college and get multiple degrees, they still cannot find a high paying work that can sustain a good lifestyle. That is the reason why more and more people accept multiple jobs no matter how tired they are in order to provide the needs of their family in the most decent way.

  1. Alcohol/Drug Abuse

There was a time in the history of cinema where virtually every actress or actor was portrayed on movies with a cigarette or a bottle of whiskey in hand. Smoking and drinking was cool when it was first implied on screen. Because of that, everyone started doing it, and now including kids. Since the awareness to the smoking dangers has increased, the supposed to be cool images of smoking later disappeared. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about drugs and alcohol. These vices are now staples in the media every day. Simply, using drugs and drinking is shown as being cool. And because of that, poor school attendance and grades, drunk driving, violent and anti-social behavior are common issues to our youth nowadays.

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