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10.22.2013 news

The Young and the Jobless

Almost 6 million young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither in school nor working, according to a study by The Opportunity Nation coalition. How does this affect their future opportunities and economic mobility?

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10.21.2013 news

Study: 15% of US Youth Out of School, Work

Almost 6 million young people are neither in school nor working, according to a study released Monday. That's almost 15 percent of those aged 16 to 24 who have neither desk nor job, according to The Opportunity Nation coalition, which wrote the report.

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10.21.2013 news

U.S. Economic Mobility Improving Very Slowly

More than four years into the economic recovery, upward mobility in the U.S. is climbing — but very, very slowly. A new report by Opportunity Nation, a network of over 250 nonprofit, business and other organizations, analyzed 16 economic and demographic indicators and found that America’s overall “Opportunity Score” — a broad measure of economic mobility — is now 50.9, barely higher than 50 in 2012 and 49.59 in 2011. (This “Opportunity Index,” a joint project with Measure of America, began in 2011.)

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10.21.2013 news

Where is Opportunity in America? Nov/Dec Issue Washington Monthly

Am inconvenient truth has emerged. The youth unemployment rate in the United States is now higher than that of five European countries, ranging from Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands to those two bastions of sclerotic Scandinavian socialism, Denmark and Norway.

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10.21.2013 press release

Zip Codes Continue to Determine Upward Mobility in America

BOSTON, MA – Opportunity Nation released today the 2013 Opportunity Index, the nation’s most comprehensive measure of economic, educational and civic factors that influence the upward mobility of Americans.  While the data shows modest growth – 2.6 percent – in Opportunity Scores nationwide between 2011-2013, the zip code where a person is born still largely determines his or her chances of success.

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10.21.2013 news

Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

The inequality of economic mobility has been getting a lot of attention since the release this summer of new research from scholars at Harvard and UC Berkeley quantifying how much harder it is for children in some parts of the United States to grow up and out of poverty than in other places. A child stands a better chance of moving up the income ladder in San Francisco than in Atlanta, for example, or in Salt Lake City compared to Cleveland.

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10.15.2013 blog

Welcome Open Air Boston and Tech Goes Home to Opportunity Nation’s Coalition

Opportunity Nation is thrilled to have OpenAirBoston and its Tech Goes Home program join as our newest coalition members. Through the Tech Goes Home program, the organization seeks to provide opportunities for all city residents to connect to schools, community programs, government agencies and join the online community.

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10.08.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Food Deserts Leave Residents Stranded

Low-income zip codes have 25 percent fewer chain supermarkets and 1.3 times as many convenience stores compared to middle-income zip codes. Clearly, when it comes to access to healthy food and opportunity in America, geography matters.

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10.03.2013 blog

Index Indicator Blog Series: Closing the Internet Divide

We live in a digital age. There is no denying it. Everything is online: homework, job applications, news, banking, entertainment and even health care. The problem is that not everyone is online. While telecommunications can bring people together, in reality, there is a significant digital divide in the U.S between the haves and the have-nots. Lack of Internet access obstructs opportunity and further frays our image as the land of opportunity for all.

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10.01.2013 blog

Government Shutdown Hurts Families and Communities

Today’s government shutdown exposes a significant crack in our political system. The buildup to the October 1st shutdown illustrates how partisan fighting is overshadowing and obstructing critical issues from being addressed by Congress, particularly helping the 5.8 million young adults in the U.S. who are not in school and not working.

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