Poverty has been a perennial issue and a stain on the progress of humanity. While the presence of poverty cannot be eliminated, the government must take an activist role by alleviating the impacts of poverty. Given that I am from the U.S. and of Indian origin, I have witnessed urban poverty in both countries. I've seen that victims of poverty often have no choice but to engage in dangerous, illegal activities (i.e. lying to authority, stealing, selling items amidst moving traffic on the streets etc.). This puts such individuals, specifically the youth and elderly, vulnerable to unimaginable dangers. Poverty continues through generations and only gets more severe as income inequality increases through modern day globalization and technology. The government must impose a series of programs to help poverty victims break the cycle. They should start with helping the youth (after all, the youth are the future!)- by having a proper education system, programs which enforce moral values, and a way to provide the bare minimum resources to families in need. As per funding, this should be the immediate matter for the national budget and top priority for governments to fund. This can help families who have long endured poverty break the cycle and find ethical, well-paying jobs.