by Sagamore Leadership Initiative - Sagamore Student Leadership Initiative Inc. - Coatesville, IN
by Sagamore Leadership Initiative
There are so many single parents, trying to give their children the best life possible. We are trying to raise money and awareness for the single mothers who might be struggling or are in need of some support.
Did you know that the U.S. has the 3rd highest percentage in the world of children living with a single mother? And in Indiana alone, 44.9% of children are born to unmarried mothers. These are crazy, shocking statistics that exist in our world. So many adults, having to raise a child by themselves, so many children only having one parent. These numbers shouldn’t exist, or at very low rates. But this is a real problem occurring in our world, a problem that we need to help fix.
There are 15 million single moms in America, currently raising 22 million of America’s youth. And 86% of these single parent families are led by mothers in the U.S. About 4 out of 10 children were born to unwed mothers; nearly 2/3 were born to mothers under the age of 30. There are 300% more single moms now than in 1950. Around half of single moms are never married, 29% are divorced, 21% are either separated or widowed; half have 1 child, and 30% have two.
There are so many children having to grow up without a father; having to grow up without someone to play that role in their life. Today, 1 in 4 children under the age of 18, a total of about 16.4 million, are being raised without a father. There are also, of course, the struggles and money issues of being a single mom. About 2/3 of single mothers are working outside the home; only half were employed full time all year long, almost a third (26.8%) were jobless the entire year, among those who were laid off or looking for work, less than a quarter (22.4%) received unemployment benefits. 1/6 of single moms didn’t complete high school. Raising a child from birth to age 18 costs an average of $233,610, which is about $13,000 annually. The median income for families led by single mothers was about $35,400 and was $85,300 for married couples in 2016. 15% of single mothers have no health insurance. About 40% of U.S. single parents are employed in low wage jobs and often have no access to paid leave. In some states, the cost for childcare is more than half of a single mothers' annual income.
Help our campiagn to support single mothers.
I love seeing these students be leaders who are making a difference.
April 19, 2019, 6:55 a.m.