Effects of Poverty

Poverty is a problem that erodes the intellectual and economic growth of the Citizens that have pledged to the United States of America.  It consumes large contributors of public funds for entitlement programs.
Poverty holds about 20% of our children hostage in the United States.  There are starter programs for the preschool and special programs later on. Often their genius is left behind.

Curing Poverty

It is a said:  You can give a man a fish and he will eat for a day, or you can teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime!

The ACS Group agrees with the latter because work is the cure for poverty. The cycle can be broken.

Government Poverty Programs

Poverty programs were mostly local from the late 1800s to about 1926.  The first work program being the Federal Aid Roads Act of 1916.  There have been several other programs since, ending with the Workforce Investment Act of 1998, and its subsequent revisions. 

All of these programs have failed to relieve joblessness.  The intent and structure have been well intended but have all failed from poorly trained staff and a system of choice with no oversight, and too many variables in assessment.  These programs also suffered from not allowing staff that had ideas and impetus for creating progress with bureaucracy that blocked same. 

See FAQs for list of programs and outcomes.

Private Foundations
Poverty Program Examples

Annie E. Casey Foundation.  This foundation has many facets of development and training and a long history of work with community leaders.  Results show something is missing.

The 1980s and 1990s saw an engagement of six cities to assist in training of low-income community residents. Like many government programs, their Director of Economic Development stated success that flat-lined.  At the end of the project, the average top wage reached about $9.83/hr and less than 70% had any benefits through work.  During the time Ascending Career Solutions Group, Inc. was being transitioned to a non-profit FBO, contact with the Casey Foundation’s FES Director for this project, in which no reply was received.

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

In a recent May 2018 post, the foundation pledged $158 million to reduce poverty in the United States.  This is not the first Gates venture into this area. 

While acknowledged as the richest man in the world, at the time, there was mass dependence upon government programs and non-profits for his Puget Sound initiative.  The Gates fortunes were not actively mentioned or accounted for this project.  Results were to train and employ low-income residents of the area for subsistence wages and purchase a mobile home.  The result is homeless poverty to working poor poverty with continued reliance on government subsidies.


 Though a short promotional spot this year on television, its investment of $1 billion to college train 20,000 students is commendable. What is missed is the schools that screening techniques to keep applicants out.  The featured recipient was an elementary school teacher.  Education has many schools and it is not the degree but a non-profit test that is accepted by the state for certificate certification.  Thus, a cost saving was possible.  A breakdown was also not mentioned.

However, this does nothing to address Mr. Gates’ the public anti-American comments of its workforce.

ACS Group’s Difference

  • We have personally seen the effects of the CETA, JTPA and WIA programs.  More than one counselor at a One-Stop Center commented that the founder was more able to help them than they could help him.
  • Because the ACS Group’s mission is assessment and development, its system is comprehensive, and uses of well defined tools with national acceptance and reliability, not just simple validity, that many human resources utilize and are limited. 
  • Notwithstanding assessments that human resources and commissioned recruiters are not allowed to use for employment applicants.

What We Believe

  • We believe in accountability for the person that allows progression.
  • The ACS Group believes in supporting itself through business operations that further its objective of training proficiency and developing income to help support its operations. We know the value of working and earning and it is the way it has stayed debt-free and a charter to do so  There is no free lunch.
  • Paying it Forward for all applicants is one way of helping others achieve success and having a vested interest in the outcomes.
  • Organization believes in a code of conduct that assists in development and focus that is conducive toward success during development and employment.  The code of conduct is a written and binding agreement for the candidate.
  • Transparency is a part of the organization, unlike many foundations that assist in hiding billionaire donations that do not see the light of day to assist anyone.
  • Service is stressed in all occupational fields.  Humility, modesty and self-control is required.
  • We want Americans to know they are helping Americans that have pledged their allegiance to the United States of America for its continuing world innovation and leadership.
  • Using organizations that have high quality and innovative programs but do not have American students in these higher-level classes.

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