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WIOA Feedback

Melanie Anderson   •  
Opportunity Nation’s diverse coalition pushed hard for updates and improvements to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) last summer. This critical program sends $3 billion a year to states for workforce development initiatives for youth and adults.

Why I Am a Mentor

Tracy Williams   •  
I realize how different that first year would have been if I’d had a mentor – someone who had been in my shoes and understood what I was experiencing. Maybe I wouldn’t have felt so alone during the whole process.

Small businesses commit to hiring young workers

Pueblo Chieftain   •  
One way to bolster our economic prospects is to train, mentor and hire our community’s unemployed, or “opportunity” youth — young adults seeking steady work and career opportunities, but who lack the workforce experience or technical skills required to place them into steady employment.

Zeroing in on Place and Race: A New Youth Disconnection Report

Jennifer Jordan   •  
A fascinating new report from Measure of America, Zeroing In on Place and Race: Youth Disconnection in America’s Cities, provides fresh insight on youth who are most at risk for disconnection in America’s largest cities and recommendations about how to prevent disconnection from happening in the first place.

How does your county rank?

Piedmont Together   •  
According to Opportunity Nation’s “Opportunity Index,” a blended measure of economic, educational, and community indices related to youth welfare, North Carolina ranks just 35th among the states and...

Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent

Sarah Beaulieu   •  
Our nation feels more divided than ever. So many factors contribute to a pervading tendency to forge ahead alone rather than find points of intersection and collaboration on critically important issues. Yet we need to work together to move the needle for major societal change.

Mississippi to open first early college program

The Hechinger Report   •  
When Aaron Penny first arrived here on the campus of Johnston Community College as a high school freshman, he was terrified. He had no idea if he could succeed in this early college program that sought out at-risk minority teens with promise who were also likely the first in their families to set foot on a college campus.

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