Today’s exciting announcement by more than a dozen of the country’s largest and most influential businesses to hire 100,000 young adults who have been shut out of the job market is not just bold and inspiring.
Residents of areas with high standards of living, low poverty levels, and low crime tend to give less to charity than those in poorer areas, according to new research compiled by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, a Washington, D.C., periodical, which crunched data for 2,670 counties across the U.S.
More than 5.5 million Americans between 16 and 24 fall into that discouraging category, according to the study. While that’s 280,000 fewer than the postrecession peak in 2010, it’s still nearly 1 of every 7 of that age group – and more than the entire populations of 30 states.
In the age of “big data” everyone seems to be swimming in information. But how can organizations and leaders use the best research and statistics out there to drive social transformation and advance their mission?
Education has long been one of the most powerful paths to economic mobility in the United States. And in today’s increasingly competitive environment, access to high-quality schools and the opportunities they can provide is a fundamental civil rights issue as well.