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Opportunity Nation

More Americans have jobs, yet inequality is increasing nationally

Monique Rizer | Posted 12.13.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

After five years of incremental progress, the nation's Opportunity Score has stalled, according to the 2016 Opportunity Index. Produced in partnership...

2016 Summit precedes historic Census news; encouraging movement in Congress

Monique Rizer | Posted 09.29.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

The 2016 Opportunity Summit was an important day for nearly 900 cross-sector leaders, policymakers, and youth from across the country helping address ...

Why Juvenile Justice Reform Is Necessary to Restore Opportunity to Youth

Monique Rizer | Posted 04.25.2016 | Impact
Monique Rizer

Recidivism rates for youth involved in the system have remained persistently high. However, reforming the system would prevent youthful mistakes from becoming life long barriers to opportunity and help young adults get back on track to the American Dream.

Why Updating Career Technical Education Must Be a Presidential Priority

Monique Rizer | Posted 03.15.2016 | Education
Monique Rizer

Voters are tuning into debates, attending town halls and asking questions to decide who will lead our country. Strengthening the economy and improving education are issues voters often identify as topics about which they want to hear the candidates talk, and for good reason.

Why We Need a White House Office of Opportunity

Monique Rizer | Posted 01.11.2017 | Impact
Monique Rizer

At no other time in recent history has the need to expand opportunity been more urgent. Despite some progress in overall access to social and economic mobility over the past five years, the truth is that far too many people have been left behind during the uneven economic recovery.

The Power of Civic Engagement: Opening the Door to Opportunity for American Youth

Russell Krumnow | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
Russell Krumnow

Today, 5.6 million teens and young adults ages 16 to 24 throughout the United States are neither in school nor working. They are disconnected from the very paths -- education and career -- that will help to make them productive participants in our society and our economy.

These Are The States Where Kids Have The Best Opportunities In Education

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 10.21.2014 | Parents

While more students are graduating from high school and college, the number of young students enrolled in preschool in recent years has stagnated. ...

President Obama, Here Are Five Ways to Help 6 Million Young People

Mark Edwards | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Mark Edwards

We have to get this generation back on track.

Does Your Neighborhood Suck?

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Marquis Cabrera

How are children supposed to "want it, work for it and fight for it" when they don't even know it exists?

Restoring the Ladder of Opportunity

Eva Shang | Posted 02.01.2014 | Politics
Eva Shang

However, the fantasy land of Panem is not so far off from the landscape of America's current social and economic inequality. The Hunger Games are real. The Hunger Games are here. And what the Hunger Games mean is the death of the American Dream.

Disconnected Youth: A Challenge for Our Country, But One We Can Tackle

Mark Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

There are one in seven young people ages 16-24 who are not in school nor working. The country is beginning to talk about these 5.8 million young people -- the so-called "disconnected youth." Who are these young people, and how did they end up so off-course? There is no one single answer.

Jane and John: What Their Lives Tell Us About the American Dream

Mark Edwards | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Edwards

We all are hurt by barriers to upward mobility. It will take all of us working together -- Democrat and Republican, rich and poor, public, private and nonprofit sectors, leaders and everyday citizens, to restore our nation's promise as a land of opportunity.

DC Defunds Youth Courts, Pushes Kids Into Criminal Justice System

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 12.21.2013 | DC
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

Will the District of Columbia be able to provide an alternative for juvenile offenses that are better suited to reducing recidivism than prosecution in the court system?

Every Student Deserves the Opportunity to Succeed This School Year

Mark Edwards | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Mounting evidence shows that the American Dream is increasingly out of reach, and that geography too often determines one's destiny. Studies show that neighborhoods and schools with higher concentrations of poverty provide fewer opportunities for their residents and students.

We Know Geography Matters Too Much: It's Time to Change That

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

All too often your zip code determines your economic destiny. This harsh reality contradicts our cherished belief in the American Dream -- that we are a country that rewards hard work with a better life for each successive generation.

Invest in Our Youth Now: Why 16-24-year-olds Matter to All of Us

Mark Edwards | Posted 07.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

Recognizing the critical juncture we face and the potential of youth to help shape our country's economic success, Bank of America and Opportunity Nation have invested in programs to reconnect young people to skills, education and jobs.

Time to Reauthorize the Federal Education Law

Mark Edwards | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

At a time when little legislative action is taking place, Opportunity Nation is pleased to see progress on our Shared Planed in the version of the bill passed by the Senate, including several objectives in the Improving Secondary Schools Program.

Reclaiming Integration and Opportunity in the Era of Multiracial Democracy

Dr. Curtis L. Ivery | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Dr. Curtis L. Ivery

Apart from a few notable exceptions of successful integration efforts, the public school system in the United States has reverted to a two-tiered institution, effectively segregated by race and class.

What Did Obama and Rubio Agree on Last Night?

Mark Edwards | Posted 04.15.2013 | Politics
Mark Edwards

Let's agree that partisan bickering can be set aside in 2013 in order to address the critical broken rungs on the ladder of opportunity. Both parties agree that change needs to happen; it is time to raise Opportunity Scores in all 50 states as private sector and nonprofit leaders are already doing.

Restoring Hope and Faith, One Young Child at a Time

Romanita Hairston | Posted 12.13.2012 | Impact
Romanita Hairston

The Center for Children in Poverty estimates that we have lost all of the gains we made over the past 50 years in child well-being. We've lost opportunity. We are facing a crisis that demands an urgent response in these politically charged and polarized times.

Planning the American Dream

Richard V. Reeves | Posted 12.12.2012 | Politics
Richard V. Reeves

The debates over social mobility will rage between and within the main political parties. But they should do so on firmer ground. The nuts and bolts of congressional and government machinery make poor copy for soaring campaign speeches. But the American Dream sorely needs some planning.

The Power of Having an Opportunity Plan

Christopher Prado | Posted 12.12.2012 | Impact
Christopher Prado

Not all things always go according to plan. But it's essential to remember that despite the many bumps there are on the road to achieving your goal, there are always mentors and individuals willing to help you blaze a trail and follow your plan.

Connecting Youth and Business to Create Opportunity

Bobbi Silten | Posted 12.11.2012 | Impact
Bobbi Silten

Today, many young people are missing out on an important rite of passage: their first job.

What Does the Opportunity Index Tell Us?

Sarah Burd-Sharps | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Sarah Burd-Sharps

Our Opportunity Index uses more than a dozen data points to rank every state and assign almost every county in America an opportunity grade ranging from "A" for excellent to "F" for failing.

Improving Opportunity For Youth Through Mentoring

Gerald Chertavian | Posted 12.08.2012 | Impact
Gerald Chertavian

On Monday, Opportunity Nation -- a bipartisan national coalition of more than 250 organizations, businesses, schools, and others that are dedicated to restoring social mobility in America -- launches its Week of Action across the country with a National Day of Mentoring.