Opportunity Leaders and Scholars
The Opportunity Leaders and Scholars are a national network of 150 vocal advocates with personal experience facing barriers to opportunity and a track record of making meaningful change in their respective communities. Acting as community mobilizers and policy advisers, Opportunity Leaders and Scholars serve as grassroots ambassadors of Opportunity Nation, helping attain our goal of increased mobility for all Americans.
To get involved as an Opportunity Leader or Opportunity Scholar, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
An Opportunity Leader is an outstanding individual who is making his or her community better every day, without fanfare or the spotlight. Each Leader has overcome obstacles standing in the way of opportunity in their own lives and draw on this wisdom and experience in their current volunteerism or work. We’ve sought to have at least one Opportunity Leader from each state and specifically strived to assemble a diverse cohort of leaders who can share a range of experiences with our campaign.
Ex. Listen to Opportunity Leader Jamira Burley share her story at a forum (organized by CFED and Opportunity Nation) on college savings accounts.
Ex. Read about Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe praise the work of Linda Nelson, an Opportunity Leader who is connecting young people to educational and job training programs.
An Opportunity Scholar is a promising young activist or entrepreneur striving to increase opportunity in their respective communities and campuses by promoting their vision of the American Dream. Scholars are enrolled as full or part-time students or are young Americans (24 years old or younger) participating in a youth development or recognized service program. Each Scholar has also demonstrated commitment to a specific project to increase opportunity in his or her respective community, particularly for youth.
Ex. Read about how Opportunity Scholars at the University of Texas-El Paso helped organize Opportunity Days on their campus.
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