Opportunity Nation is proud of its diverse multi-sector coalition, which is committed to expanding opportunity and economic mobility for all Americans. In the weeks and months ahead, coalition organizations will be featured here on our blog to showcase the impact they make every day and highlight why they are a part of this campaign. Below you can learn more about the work of our partner UrbanPromise Ministries, who is “building a city of PROMISE, one child at a time.” Read more »
Opportunity Nation’s 100 Grassroots Ambassadors have made commitments to create opportunities in their communities on the local, state, and national level in 2012. Opportunity Nation Scholar Ed King, also a student at The University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has made great strides to increase opportunity in his local community Fairbanks, Alaska. Working directly with his political and business leaders on creating economic development potential and increasing the efficiency of the non-profit network, he is working tirelessly to better his community, state, and beyond. Read more »
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~ Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Opportunity Nation is proud of its diverse multi-sector coalition, which is committed to expanding opportunity and economic mobility for all Americans. In the weeks and months ahead, coalition organizations will be featured here on our blog to showcase the impact they make every day and highlight why they are a part of this campaign. Below you can learn more about the work of our partner the National Council on Aging, whose enormous efforts to provide economic security centers and promote systems change, are impacting people of all ages. Read more »
ERS Executive Director Karen Hawley Miles joins the Opportunity Nation Campaign today in NYC. ERS is a supporter of Opportunity Nation, a broad-based, cross-partisan coalition of nearly 200 public, private, non-profit, civilian and military organizations working together to create and advocate for an agenda that provides better skills, quality jobs and stronger communities to all Americans. “It’s exciting to be a part of a bold campaign that’s forcing attention on the urgent needs throughout the country to secure more opportunity for more people,” says Miles. “Effective education for every student is a crucial step to improving opportunities. At ERS, our mission is to help districts do more with the resources they have. Opportunity Nation will ensure districts get what they need to succeed.” Read more »
More than five hundred local leaders, activists, entertainers, and political luminaries gathered today at Columbia University as part of the Opportunity Nation Summit, a national convening to officially kick-off the Opportunity Nation campaign and to serve as a starting point to develop a shared plan to restore opportunity to more Americans.
Opportunity Nation – a broad-based, cross-partisan coalition of nearly 200 public, private, non-profit, civilian and military organizations – envisions an America where every citizen that works hard can achieve their full potential. The diverse group of organizations have joined together to collectively create and advocate for an agenda that provides better skills, quality jobs and stronger communities to all Americans.
A centerpiece of the Summit focused on what opportunity in America looks like today, demonstrated by a groundbreaking new "Opportunity Index," developed jointly by the American Human Development Project and Opportunity Nation. Read more »
This wasn't supposed to be quite so easy. After an engaging day of talks and conversations with Senators, media leaders, journalists, founders of nonprofit organizations, a popular pastor, a University President and a Major General in the US Army ... finding common themes should have been hard. After all, today's topic of economic mobility must surely have lots of different idealogies and solutions. Division has become a cornerstone of any sort of political conversation, with all forms of government seemingly lined up on either side of any debate. Agreement itself has become a form of surrender. Read more »
“My parents always taught me the four D’s: to have a Dream, Dedication – always be dedicated - and have the Desire and Determination to achieve it.”
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“A nation that’s broken cannot hold up a person. One person that’s strong is all it takes,” Suze Orman proclaimed.
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This panel, moderated by Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and CEO, PolicyLink with panelists that included: Dr. Scott Cowen, President of Tulane University, Dr. Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Professor of Sociology and Planning, MIT Urban Studies and Planning, Sarah Surd-Sharps, Co-Director, American Human Development Project, and Reverend Luis Cortes, Jr., President of Esperanza, discussed new research - delivered today - that demonstrated that there is less mobility in the United States today than there is in Germany, Sweden, and France.
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