U.S. Foster Care System Overwhelmed By Pandemic

Projected Surge In Demand For Foster Care The U.S. foster care system is already stressed by the coronavirus recession. Yet, the economic hardships caused by the pandemic may lead to even more children entering foster care as unemployment, poverty, and homelessness increase. Since the lack of financial security during a recession disincentivizes potential foster parents, […]

A Deficiency in Early Education Exposes Its Need for Increased Funding

William Butler Yeats, a renowned Irish poet, proclaimed that “education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” Education is not a progressive milestone. Rather, it is the beginning of a child’s future. Early education provides the chance for children to light their inner fires early, emanating promising sparks of […]

The Child’s Burden

The concept of innocence is not a complicated one, but it is the innocent who often find themselves in numerous complications – too much for individuals to dare claim their world has even grasped the idea of achieving any kind of social justice. The innocents of this world suffer on the watch of both the […]

A Life Sentence: Bonded Labor in Pakistan’s Brick Kilns

If you follow Humans of New York, (which I don’t doubt for a second) you already know that Brandon Stanton recently took his platform to Pakistan and opened the eyes of millions to the vibrant culture and people of a misrepresented nation: Pakistan.   One story that truly caught my eye was a set of […]

Laborious and Lavish Lahore

Ah, Lahore! The capital city of the Pakistani province of Punjab and the second largest metropolitan area in the country, Lahore holds the place of the 14th most populous city in the world. With a vivid past, Lahore is a main cultural center of the Punjab region and Pakistan. Lahore remains an economic, political, transportation, […]

Children Crossing the Border: Alone and Illegally

For the past few years, thousands of illegal immigrants from Central America and Mexico have been crossing the United States’ border at an increasing rate and taking any means to cross it (hitching rides on trains, swimming cross the Rio Grande, walking through deserts for days). Though, sadly, these “typical” statements do not fully demonstrate the […]

An Abundance of Elsas: The Lack of POC in Media

Once Upon a Time My number one dislike of my appearance when I was younger: my glasses. Number two: my skin color. Where there was a pleasant olive skin tone, representative of a Cuban and Nicaraguan background, I only saw ‘Not White’. Halloweens was a bittersweet holiday. My sister, with her pale peach skin, made […]

South Sudan on the Brink of a Disastrous Famine and Devastating Genocide

The youngest country in the world is on the verge of experiencing a deadly famine that could devastate as much as one-third of its population if not dealt with. The country, South Sudan, is trying to avoid what experts are saying could be the most devastating famine in the last 30 years. The last several months have not […]

Utah Passes Bill for Medical Marijuana Usage

Dope, grass, hemp, pot, and weed are slang terms for marijuana or cannabis. Marijuana is too often associated with usage as a drug to get high or as a “bad,” illegal substance. Yet, it does serve a more practical use than commonly thought. With several beneficial qualities, the cannabis plant has now been receiving attention […]

Israeli Injustices Toward Palestinian Children

War and conflict between two countries are between the men and women of the nations, not the most vulnerable of contenders: children. In time of conflict, soldiers are meant to protect their nation, not oppress people under the guise of being a possible threat. The children in Palestine, however, are the victims of ridiculous and […]