Persuasive Speech #1
Opener: Mother Theresa once said, “Loneliness and the feeling of being unwanted is the most terrible poverty.” She understood that donating money cannot solve poverty alone and that it is more important to show that persons in poverty do not go unnoticed. Background: The issue of poverty was really brought to my attention when it was a major part of the high school debate topic last year. I did a lot of research in order to find out what could be done and how to get it done. Audience “Need to know” Statement: We should help the poor because they are fellow human beings. We cannot turn a blind-eye. We are all interdependent. Thesis: It is important and beneficial to America if we help our fellow citizens that suffer from poverty by donating our time and effort and to lend them a hand when nobody else will. Preview Main Points: We will be covering how helping the poor benefits America, what affects poverty has on people and ways to get involved. Body
Main Point 1: Volunteering with the poor has tremendous benefits for the country that would include reducing a large amount of government spending. -sub point A: The national debt for the United States is ever increasing. There is a major part of the taxpayers dollars that goes to helping the persons in poverty. This is just adding on to the national debt when there is a simple solution to diminishing this expense and it starts with you. -sub point B: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development defines a chronically homeless individual as “an unaccompanied disabled individual who has been continuously homeless for over one year OR who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years”. As L. Green from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation states in his paper from 2006, “Although the people in this category make up only a small proportion (about 10 to 15 percent) of the more than 750,000 homeless people in the United States, they are responsible for a...
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