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2015 Beat The Odds® Awards Ceremony

Please join us as we introduce five incredible Ohio high school students whose inspirational stories will make the Ohio Beat the Odds® Awards program one of the most genuinely moving events in Ohio.

When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Where: Hilton Columbus Downtown, 410 N. High Street Columbus, OH 43215

CDF President Marian Wright Edelman will join on stage to honor these outstanding youth for their personal hard work, academic excellence, community service, and perseverance despite the tremendous adversity they’ve faced in their daily lives.

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Ending Child Poverty Now

For the first time, this report shows that by investing an additional 2 percent of the federal budget into existing programs and policies that increase employment, make work pay, and ensure children’s basic needs are met, the nation could reduce child poverty by 60 percent and lift 6.6 million children out of poverty.

The United States has the second highest child poverty rate among 35 industrialized countries despite having the largest economy in the world. A child in the United States has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor and the younger she is the poorer she is likely to be. A child of color, who will be in the majority of U.S. children in 2020, is more than twice as likely to be poor as a White child. This is unacceptable and unnecessary.

The U.S. can end child poverty by investing more in programs and policies that work.

Together we can #MakeADifference and help end child poverty in America.

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CDF-Ohio News

New approach needed to juvenile offenders, group says
March 27, 2015, The Columbus Dispatch

Ohio’s Juvenile Justice System
March 26, 2015, WOSU - All Sides with Ann Fisher

Grant supports Johnstown UMC's Freedom School
March 23, 2015, Johnstown Independent

Research: Safety Net Programs Reducing Ohio Child Poverty
February 25, 2015, Public News Service - Ohio

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