Percy Harvin established the Mercy Percy Outreach to promote the awareness of mental health issues and the disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for children at risk.
The Mercy Percy Outreach reaches out to children and families of all backgrounds. Children need opportunities through which they can learn and grow. The outreach strives to make these opportunities available to children who might not otherwise have the chance to participate and looks strongly upon abused and neglected children, Boys & Girls clubs, after-school programs, summer camps, and foster children.
Percy Harvin not only supports the Foundation financially, as the founder of the Foundation, he is active in all major decisions concerning its initiatives and continuously seeks new opportunities and organizations to further the success of the Foundation and the communities it serves.
1 in 5 U.S. adults experience mental illness each year
1 in 25 U.S. adults experience serious mental illness each year
1 in 6 U.S. youth aged 6-17 experience a mental health disorder each year
50% of all lifetime mental illness begins by age 14, and 75% by age 24
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among people aged 10-34
The federal “poverty line” in 2014 for a family of 4 (2 adults + 2 kids under age 17) is about $24,000. But social welfare researchers say it would take an income of about twice that amount to achieve basic financial security. — U.S. Census Bureau
1 kid in 5 lives in poverty compared to 1 in 8 adults. That’s 15.5 million impoverished kids in the U.S. — U.S. Census Bureau
Almost 40% of American kids spend at least 1 year in poverty before they turn 18. — Urban Institute
Poor kids are more likely to experience hunger. And food insecurity has a lifelong effect: lower reading and math scores, more physical and mental health problems, more emotional and behavioral problems and a greater chance of obesity. — Feeding America