A current urban poverty program is underway in Stockton, California, where the 27-year-old mayor, Michael Tubbs, started a universal basic income pilot program. One hundred residents receive $500 a month checks for up to 18 months, funded by the Economic Security Project. Tubbs said, “My hope is that it will create such a buzz at the state and national level we’d have to have a conversation about expanding it to everyone, no matter what city they live in.”[i] He was raised in poverty by a single African American mother but earned a scholarship to Stanford University. Tubbs also backs the Advance Peace program that provides mentors and stipends to rehabilitate violent criminals and organized an NGO called Reinvent Stockton Foundation.
[i] Alex Langone, “Why This 27-Year-Old Mayor is Giving His City’s Poorest Residents $500 a Month,’ TIME Money, April 17, 2018.
The world’s youngest national leader is Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz, age 31, the head of the anti-immigrant right-wing People’s Party. He tried to volunteer for the party when he was 16 but they wanted him to wait until he was older when he did become the leader of the youth wing. He said, “That experience left me with the idea that politics should actually be something where everyone can participate.”