When I was growing up, my family struggled. I experienced homelessness, sometimes spending my school nights sleeping on park benches. Sometimes we didn’t have enough food to eat. There were times when I cried every night. That is what growing up in poverty meant for me.
I didn’t have a chance to be a kid. I was more concerned about what our next meal was going to be or if we were stable that night.
I faced struggles no kid should, but I kept going and now I’m a freshman in college. After everything I’ve been through, I’ve realized that my voice has power. I’m calling for an upcoming presidential debate to include a question about how to address the child poverty crisis that leaves 1 in 6 children behind in our country.
.It’s been 20 years since a question about ending child poverty was asked in a debate. I was born, grew up, and graduated high school while I waited for answers. I’m done waiting.
– Israel Glenn, 18 years old