CIYP supports child poverty relief by donating 5% of proceeds from sales to Positive Tomorrows' excellent work. We are close to announcing the CO non profit which will be donated to from sales in CO. As sales increase in other markets, more non profit organizations, already partnered with United Way, will be partnered with CIYP to receive donations from local sales in those areas. CIYP's mission is to also increase awareness of child poverty.
Positive Tomorrows has provided us with the following information:
Positive Tomorrows is Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically serving homeless children grades K-5. We remove barriers to learning – hunger, transportation, access to basic necessities – and provide an intensive, individualized education to every child.
"The Effects of Homelessness on Children:
• There are nearly 8,000 homeless children in Central Oklahoma alone. (Includes Oklahoma City Public Schools and Putnam City Schools K-12)
• OKCPS Estimates over 4,400 students enrolled in grades K-12. That is 1 in every 10 children.
• 2.5 million homeless children exist in the United States. That’s 1 in 30 children.
• There were 43,643 homeless children in Oklahoma in 2012 -13. That’s 1 in 21 children.(Homelesschildrenamerica.org, America’s Youngest Outcasts).
• 1 in 4 children living poverty will graduate high school.
• Homeless children are sick 4 times more often than other children.
• Nearly half of school-aged homeless children deal with anxiety, depression & withdrawal.
• Homeless children are 4 times more likely to show delayed development.
• 10% of children in Oklahoma City live in extreme poverty. Extreme poverty is defined as an income below $11,000 for family of 4.
• 44% of the homeless population is comprised of families.
• The Oklahoma City Public School System ranks highest in Oklahoma for students qualifying for free or reduced-cost lunch. In 2012-13 89.8% of students qualified."