U.S. Sponsorship Programs
Children in the United States Need Your Help
The startling reality for America is that 1 out of 4 of our children live in poverty. That's why, since the height of the Great Depression in 1938, Save the Children has helped American children living in poverty by working with local communities and organizations in the United States. Together, we’ve worked to provide girls and boys with the opportunity to learn, protection from harm and a healthy start in life.
A child in the United States needs your help.
Our programs strive to change the odds. Without access to early childhood education, U.S. children in poverty are:
70% more likely to be arrested for a violent crime
40% more likely to become a teen parent
25% more likely to drop out of school and
60% more likely to never attend college
For less than a $1 a day, you can sponsor a child in need in the United States – and help reverse the cycle of poverty. Your critical support will provide programs like:
Literacy Program Success in Kentucky
Statistically speaking, small-town Kentucky is one of the poorest regions in the United States. Most communities have limited access to educational support, healthy food or extra-curricular activities. Many families don't have the means to adequately support their child's education and development. Michael, a sweet but shy 6 year old, is no exception.
Often withdrawn in class, Michael always required extra prompting to participate in lessons. He usually felt sad and lonely and had little self-confidence, refusing to try new or challenging tasks, assuming he would not be able to do them. All of that changed when Michael began participating in Save the Children’s Child Sponsorship program.
After just one year of participating in literacy programs, Michael has grown his vocabulary and writing skills and has transformed into a confident and independent boy. He spends his free time at home reading.
Along with participating in literacy programs, Michael has been regularly corresponding with his sponsor. The constant letters have helped transform him from a timid child to a model student who is often the first one to volunteer an answer. When asked what his sponsor writes to him to make him feel special, Michael says without hesitation, "I am loved."
Where Sponsorship Works in the U.S.