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President Obama announces $100 million in Youth CareerConnect Grants

Melanie Anderson   •  
In a new effort to ensure more high school students are prepared for 21st century jobs that require higher levels of skills and training and to address the growing skills gap facing employers, President Obama has announced a new $100 million competitive grant program that will be overseen by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor.

The American Workplace Today and the Failure to Launch

Liz Sarley   •  
The Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce and The Generations Initiative have co-released Failure to Launch: Structural Shift and the New Lost Generation. This new report examines labor force participation, employment and income of young adults in their 20s and older adults in their 50s, 60s and 70s between 1980 and 2012.

ZIP Codes and Opportunity

Fox Business   •  
The states with the best economic and educational prospects are in some unlikely areas scattered across the country.

2013 Opportunity Index Launch Kicks Off

This month, Opportunity Nation and Washington Monthly co-hosted a series of dynamic briefings in Washington DC, Boston and New York.

Iowa Raises National Opportunity Index Score

Boone News-Republican   •  
Iowa has moved from seventh to sixth on the Opportunity Nation Index state rankings. The index uses data on jobs, economy, education, community health and civic life to measure opportunity for upward mobility for Americans where they live.

What Florida’s Graduation Rates Say About Opportunity in Our State

Florida doesn’t offer as much opportunity to its young people as other states do, according to new research from Opportunity Nation. The bipartisan organization compiles an index of community characteristics to measure how people’s zip codes affect their quality of life.

Report Details Unequal Access to American Dream

Education Week   •  
For children across the nation, the ability to live out the "American Dream" may be more dependent on their individual zip codes than their national identity, according to the latest Opportunity Index report.

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