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09.11.2013 blog

The Potential Power of Professional School Counselors

In discussions about how to help more U.S. students find meaningful career and educational pathways after high school, a key ingredient is often overlooked: the role of professional school guidance counselors.

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09.10.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Why Are Some Top Students Not Applying to Top Schools?

Higher education is often touted as “the great equalizer” in American society, the key to increasing one’s opportunity and climbing the ladder of economic mobility. However, despite the efforts of some elite colleges to dedicate considerable resources to enrolling low-income and diverse students, access to many of the best schools is still widely inaccessible to disadvantaged students who are academically qualified to attend. 

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09.03.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Community Health Centers Can Ensure Health Access

These centers are not at the center of our national conversation about health care, but a national study shows they can be effective, especially when paired with other services that expand economic and community health and well-being.

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08.26.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Raising Wages Raises Opportunity

Wages are central to social mobility and economic opportunity. Household income pays for education, health care, housing and all the other building blocks of our lives. Boosting income is one of the most important things we can do to increase people’s economic and social mobility. People with more money to spend can improve their quality of life and send many of those dollars back into their community.

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08.20.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Affordable Housing Improves Opportunity for Low-Income Children

An adequate supply of affordable housing is one of the most pressing needs facing Americans today. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that family homelessness increased 20 percent from 2007 to 2010. The supply of affordable housing has shrunk nationwide, and the current shortage is estimated to be over six million housing units.

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08.14.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Preschool Sets Kids on the Path to Future Success

For decades, the research has been clear and compelling: children who attend high-quality preschool have better outcomes than their peers who do not, and this is particularly true for low-income children.

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08.12.2013 blog

Jobs in a Post-Recession Workforce Require More Educated Workers: A Shared Plan to Get There

Our country's workforce needs have dramatically changed over the past four decades, making progress on the ladder of upward mobility significantly harder in the United States. Most workers today need higher levels education and skills than past generations in order to get jobs that pay family-sustaining wages. This makes the path to the American Dream a lot steeper.

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08.08.2013 blog

Take Action in August!

Opportunity Nation Leaders and Scholars are the best ambassadors for opportunity in the country. Now, we have an opportunity for policy advocacy this August.  We invite you to take part in an event and help make an impact on your congressional representatives.

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08.07.2013 blog

Roosevelt Institute Summer Fellows Develop Policy

Opportunity Nation’s coalition partner, Roosevelt Institute Campus Network, excels at unleashing the creativity and thoughtfulness of college students to solve problems in their communities. Every summer, the Roosevelt Institute invites approximately 30 fellows each to New York City and three other cities across the country. They are college students from all over the country. It's a nine week program, and the Summer Fellows are placed in full-time internships to work on issues while they concurrently go through experiences as a cohort, like workshops and a team challenge to solve a local policy issue.

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08.06.2013 blog

More Than Words: A Great Member of the Opportunity Nation Coalition

This organization employs Boston’s disengaged youths between the ages of 16 and 21, offering them a base minimum wage salary with the opportunity to improve their position in a six to twelve month period. The program separates the workers’ “business job” which provides the structure, from the “you job” which helps them develop a concrete, feasible plan for their future.

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