Millions of students in the U.S. continue to live in varying degrees of poverty and the impact it has on learning and academic achievement cannot be understated. These students have specific learning needs as well as emotional and social challenges, and these must be accounted for by educators. Bridging the school system with the surrounding community through outreach strategies for students living in poverty has the potential to not only improve academic success, but the community in which they reside. The aim of this article was to examine the literature to ascertain specific needs of students living in poverty, identify community outreach programs and strategies that demonstrate positive results, and provide suggestions on how to effectively utilize this approach with impoverished youth.

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