January is Poverty Awareness Month, a month-long initiative to raise awareness and call attention to the growth of poverty in America. “Today, there are 46.7 million Americans living in poverty – a total population greater than Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Kansas and Nebraska combined” (US Census Bureau, 2010). If that’s not troubling enough, a lot of people living in poverty have some sort of disability. 

At the start of the New Year, and coinciding with Poverty Awareness Month, Memphis Youth Academy has set a goal to collect non-perishable foods and clothing, which will be presented to a provider for people living in poverty. Hopefully, this will give an opportunity to enhance someone’s life, no matter their disadvantage. 

Memphis Youth Academy is collecting goods from each department. We are honored to have such an initiative going here at our campus and maybe help someone on their journey. We will be handing out four boxes of food to the homeless in our area who could really use it at this time of year.

Memphis Youth Academy is a 48-bed residential treatment center for boys ages 13 to 18 years old. The center provides a vast array of programs in categories of Counseling, Education, Clinical and Medical services. Services are provided 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Contact Memphis Youth Academy at 901-531-1950 or visit youthopportunity.com/locations/memphis-academy-memphis-tennessee