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07.24.2013

Community College to Career Fund Act Introduced

Opportunity Nation was pleased to see Senator Al Franken (D-MN) and Representative George Miller (D-CA) recently introduce the Community College to Career Fund Act.

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07.23.2013

The Cost and Potential of Detroit’s Bankruptcy by Opportunity Scholars

With a debt ballooning to at least $18 billion, once-mighty Detroit, Michigan became the largest American city to declare bankruptcy in U.S. history. Though the city’s problems are severe, the announcement on July 18th is a blow to everyone who cares about the Motor City and the decline of great American cities that have been tied to struggling industries. As we work to expand economic mobility for millions of Americans, what does the bankruptcy mean for Michigan’s largest city, a place that remains home to 700,000 people, many of whom are low-income?

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07.17.2013

Opportunity Indicator Series: Unemployment

Employment is one of the most powerful contributing factors to economic opportunity.

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07.16.2013

Can Opportunity Heal Our Divided Politics?

Americans believe that our country is more divided than at any time in our history, apart from the Civil Rights Era, according to a new national survey. This report offers a sobering assessment of the gridlock and lack of civility that has plagued Washington D.C. in recent years. But it also serves as an opportunity to join together on an issue most Americans care about passionately: jumpstarting the American Dream and expanding economic and social mobility to more Americans.

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07.11.2013

Opportunity Indicator Series: Engaged, Civic-Minded Students Build Strong Communities

A democracy is government of, by and for the people. For democracy to take root, however, the people must be invested in their communities.

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07.10.2013

Celebrating Together

That’s why we are inviting you to join us in celebrating good news about the American Dream Accounts Act, a bipartisan bill that was reintroduced this year by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Chris Coons (D-DE). This bill, which aligns with our Shared Plan, would provide targeted support and college savings accounts for low-income students.

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07.09.2013

Kudos to Nexstar Legacy Foundation

At a time when it is more crucial than ever that more Americans have access to job-training programs and technical skills demanded by today’s global economy, Opportunity Nation is proud to welcome a new coalition partner that is doing important work to connect more people to good jobs and economic security. The Nexstar Legacy Foundation http://nexstarfoundation.org/ is devoted to bringing new talent into the home and commercial services industry – heating, air conditioning, plumbing and electrical industries.

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07.01.2013

Opportunity Index Series:  You can volunteer yourself to a better life in more ways than one

Why volunteer? It seems there are millions of reasons why Americans volunteer their time and energy each year to an endless list of causes and efforts.

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06.28.2013

Robust and Substantive Conversation in Charlotte

I had the pleasure of attending my first Opportunity Nation Community Conversation this week (unfortunately it’s the last one of the summer!) in Charlotte, NC.  The Charlotte community is amazing because they truly understand the importance of cross-sector collaboration and that the future of our youth is in everyone’s hands.

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06.27.2013

Are unpaid internships worth it?

Every year, hundreds of thousands of college students descend upon America’s largest cities, thrilled at the opportunity to intern at prestigious firms and renowned nonprofits.  These opportunities are so compelling, many of these students are willing to work for no pay. But are these unpaid positions worth the opportunities they provide?

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