Single parent students face particular challenges pursuing higher education, including limited access to affordable child care, difficulty balancing the demands of school with the demands of work and family, and financial limitations that make it difficult to remain enrolled.
Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, offers scholarships to single mothers and select young people who generally have zero chance when it comes to college scholarships.
Applicants must have a GPA of at least 2.5 and must submit their online application to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation no later than May 15, 2012.
According to a recent report in The New York Times, 16 states have actually cut welfare rolls since the recession began. Some have taken advantage of federal leeway to reduce time limits to as few as two years, tighten eligibility and reduce grants.
States that diverted federal welfare dollars to other programs when caseloads fell are not about to increase spending on public assistance in lean economic times.
As a result, on the national level, welfare rolls have barely budged, even as the number of the needy has grown. Recent statistics suggest as many as 4 million single mothers with children today are without jobs or public assistance.
Not surprisingly, families are resorting to desperate measures -- selling food stamps, shoplifting, trash-picking, returning to abusive boyfriends.
While millions of foreclosed homes languish on the market at lower and lower prices, new data supports the idea that renting out these foreclosed homes could be the long-sought solution to the housing crisis.
On Wednesday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke penned a 26-page white paper, arguing that now is an unusually good time to convert foreclosed properties to rental units for three reasons:
The federal government's recognition of the value of renting foreclosed homes is not entirely new. In August 2011, the Federal Housing Finance Agency requested proposals on how best to implement such a program.
Buy a pin for your wife or your mom or donate one back to the organization to bring a little joy to someone else’s mom.
Single Mothers Outreach, a Santa Clarita Valley charity that provides programs and resources for single parents, is selling custom-designed pins to honor moms for Mother’s Day.
Pins are $25 and are available at several fine SCV locations including Fresh Boutique in Old Town Newhall, La Via Bella at the Westfield Valencia Town Center, and though the Single Mothers Outreach website at www.SingleMothersOutreach.org.
The top budget official in the U.S. House of Representatives on March 20, 2012 released his latest proposal to hurt the American middle class - ignoring the will of the people, favoring the wealthy while ending Medicare as we know it.
It’s a recipe for repeating the mistakes of the Bush administration, during which middle-class incomes stagnated and only the privileged few enjoyed enormous gains.
Here are the top 10 problems with the new budget plan introduced by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan that has no respect for the middle class’s essential role as a key driver of economic growth.
The St. Patrick's School in Bedford announced they will now offer scholarships ranging from $500 to $3,000 for students in kindergarten through eighth grade beginning next year.
The funds will be awarded through an endowment launched by Cecilia and Joseph McKenney. The McKenneys provided the school with $30,000 to begin the scholarship fund.
"Giving is at the heart of Catholic values and giving back to our Catholic schools is part of that commitment," the McKenneys said.
The first scholarships will be awarded for the 2012 – 2013 school year. All existing and incoming students are eligible to apply for the awards, which will be based upon merit and financial need.
Thanks to a program supported by the United Way of Larimer County, the WomenGive program provides child-care assistance for single mothers working toward college degrees.
Created six years ago by women who saw the lack of child care as a hindrance to single mothers trying to succeed, WomenGive has helped 52 women graduate from college.
"If I didn't have this, I'd probably be working, sending (Charlotte) to preschool and basically just breaking even," Rives, a single mother of a 4-year-old said. "I wouldn't be able to go to school. WomenGive is the essential piece for me being able to go to school."
Darcy McClure, a WomenGive founding member and United Way employee, said Rives is exactly the kind of woman the program's funds had in mind.
The majority of babies now born to women under 30 were born outside of marriage, that according to a recent report based on government data by the nonprofit group, Child Trends. And according to this report, the fastest growth in the last two decades has been among white women in their 20s who have some college education.
And, while a lot has happened in the last generation to make it easier for single moms, less stigma, more financial clout, for example, one former single mom is saying, not so fast.
In a recent piece in The Washington Post "She the People" blog, journalist Bonnie Goldstein reflected on her own decision to embrace single motherhood back in the 1970s and she urged young single women thinking of having a baby on their own to think again.