June 25th Breakfast with Gary: Child poverty in Minneapolis

June 25th Breakfast with Gary: Child poverty in Minneapolis

 This month's Breakfast with Council Member Gary Schiff will feature former Mayor and Congressman Don Fraser
and Kara Arzamendia from Children's Defense Fund Minnesota. A recent report from Children's Defense Fund Minnesota  shows that 140,000 Minnesota children live in poverty, a 20 percent increase since 2000. In Minneapolis' East Phillips neighborhood, 40 percent of families with children under the age of 18 live in poverty.

Mayor Fraser and Arzamendia will talk about employment and educational efforts to end poverty. Mayor Fraser works with the Committee of the Achievement Gap, a study of the educational achievement gap experienced by children from high-poverty areas.

A study released by the Economic Policy Institute this month shows that the Minneapolis metropolitan area has the "worst relative disparity" in employment based on race among the country's fifty largest metropolitan areas. "The poverty rate  is particularly important because it affects so many factors of children's well-being — health, education, safety, social development, overall preparation to be a successful adult," said Arzamendia.

Breakfast with Gary is a monthly meeting held from 7:30 to 9:00 a.m. the final Friday of the month at the Mercado Central, 1515 East Lake Street. $5 buys breakfast.

Heidi Quezada
Aide to Council Member Gary Schiff
Ward Nine <http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/council/ward9>
City Hall, Room 307
350 South 5th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
(612) 673-2209