For the Well-Being of Our Citizens
How might individuals and society address the issues of poverty, homelessness and hunger, and their underlying causes?
Looking at historical situations of economic difficulty in the United States, the learners analyze presidential decisions and the role of philanthropy during such times. Students will define poverty, connect it to human rights issues, and analyze how nonprofit organizations have an important role to play in alleviating the effects of poverty. The learners will read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
In times of economic difficulties, people often look to the Federal Government to solve their problems. Learners will compare two presidents and view how they saw the role of the Federal Government in times of difficulty. They will also see that both presidents felt there was a need for individual and community philanthropy.
Learners will define poverty by listing its characteristics and effects. They will identify organizations which serve those who are in poverty. They will analyze the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and determine whether poverty is a violation of the document’s principles.
The learners will analyze why nonprofit organizations are needed, especially when there are for profit and governmental institutions which do some of the same work. They will investigate an international and a local nonprofit which work to alleviate poverty in the community and describe the importance of philanthropy in the community.