In this week’s episode of Education Matters, Lamar and Tracy tackle the issue of disadvantaged youth, opportunities provided for them and the effects of poverty on the education of young people. Astonishing statistics set the stage for an in depth discussion on the trials that disadvantaged youth face, the stress that poverty has on their education and health, and the importance of communication within a community.

Special guests Alanda Jackson, executive director of the Hickory Housing Authority and Amanda Freeland, Parent Program Coordinator for Catawba County Dept. of Social Services emphasize the work that is being done behind the scenes to provide relief for disadvantaged youth and encourage listeners to lend a helping hand in helping motivate and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. From hunger to sickness, and from embarrassment to pride, this week’s episode of Education Matters integrates local issues into a national epidemic that is affecting millions of youth across the country.

For more information on the programs and events mentioned in this episode, please visit the following links:

To find out how you can help, you can contact Alanda Jackson at, and Amanda Freeland at

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