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03.06.2014 blog

Opportunity News: Budgets, Taxes, and the Real Purpose of College

Opportunity Nation shares key stories that explore opportunity-related issues in powerful, provocative ways. This week's stories focus on President Obama's budget proposal, the future of the Earned Income Tax Credit, and answering a timeless question: Should college make us happy or professionally successful? 

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03.05.2014 blog

Online Tool for the Opportunity Youth Movement

We’re missing out on the talents of millions of young people at a time when we have serious shortages of skilled workers. SparkAction manages ALL IN for YOUth, a central networked platform for the opportunity youth movement to promote the activities and impact of organizations focused on opportunity youth.

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03.04.2014 blog

The Opportunity Picture: Community Health

Without a safe neighborhood and access to healthy food, it is extremely difficult for people to thrive. The ability to take advantage of educational and career opportunities is often eclipsed when families are struggling just to stay safe and nourished. Read about the power of these indicators in this week’s fact sheets about the key indicators of economic opportunity and social mobility.

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02.27.2014 blog

Opportunity News: Support for Pre-School and Pathways to College for the Undocumented

Opportunity Nation shares key stories that explore opportunity-related issues in powerful, provocative ways. This week's stories focus on creating pathways to success from the first days of pre-school to the first-days of college. 

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02.24.2014 blog

The Opportunity Picture: Resources

Read about the importance of expanding affordable housing, banking institutions and assets, and Internet access in this week’s fact sheets that explore key indicators of economic opportunity and social mobility.

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02.24.2014 blog

Tax Season Is Crucial For Promoting Economic Opportunity

When most people think of taxes, they typically don’t connect them with the idea of “economic opportunity.” But the truth is, tax time is a crucial moment for many American families. 

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02.21.2014 news

Young Americans Represent Our Biggest Untapped Potential…The Clock Is Ticking For This Population

In March, Forbes will host its first Reinventing AmericaSummit in Chicago, Illinois, a congress of more than 300 innovators, business leaders, growth-focused policy makers and academics who are helping usher in the next industrial revolution. In advance of the event, Opportunity Nation's executive director Mark Edwards, a summit presenter, shares insights on economic conditions in the country for young adults.

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02.20.2014 blog

CNN Money Highlights Opportunity Index

These eight counties have low unemployment, a good quality of life and decent incomes, according to government data compiled by CNNMoney and nonprofits Opportunity Nation and Measure of America.

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02.20.2014 blog

Opportunity News: Community Colleges, The Minimum Wage, and Income Inequality

Each week, Opportunity Nation shares key stories that explore opportunity-related issues in powerful, provocative ways. This week's stories focus on community colleges, the minimum wage debate and how the Index impacts our Coalition partners' work. 

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02.19.2014 blog

The Opportunity Picture: Civic Life

Did you know that volunteers contribute $150 billion each year to the economy? Or that high levels of group membership often correlate with lower unemployment rates? Read about the power of volunteering and group membership in this week’s fact sheets about the key indicators of economic opportunity and social mobility.

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