Media Highlights

Diana Natalicio and Mark Edwards: UTEP Inspires Success Through Collaboration

El Paso Times   •  
Increasing access to postsecondary educational programs and developing regional economies that capitalize on improved educational attainment requires broad-based collaborative efforts on both the local and national levels. That's why the University of Texas at El Paso and Opportunity Nation partnered to host events designed to develop and share these very ideas.

The American Dream – Then and Now

The Huffington Post   •  
I spent most of my childhood desperately trying to escape the trailer park that I grew up in. Little did I know that 49 years later it would serve as the inspiration for my latest career move - an effort to help rebuild the American Dream for all Americans.

8,000 Students Learn How to Reach Their American Dream at ‘Opportunity Days’ Conference

Opportunity Nation and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) today joined forces to hold a multi-day conference designed to identify strategies that can help repair the national economic ladder of opportunity; build local communities of opportunity; and inspire more than 8,000 area students to recognize the importance higher education plays in allowing them to reach their American Dreams.

Iowa First to Proclaim a ‘Month of Opportunity’

Des Moines Register   •  
Iowa on Thursday became the first state in the nation to proclaim a month in dedication of a national movement promoting economic mobility. Gov. Terry Branstad, who signed a proclamation designating February as “Opportunity in Iowa” month, used it as an opportunity to further stress the need for strong education and promote job creation across the state.

Op-ed: Our State’s Chance to Become ‘Opportunity Iowa’

The Iowa City Press-Citizen   •  
"A groundbreaking new survey called the Opportunity Index measures states’ and community access to the American Dream, and our Hawkeye State scored in the top quarter of states (13 out of 51, including the District of Columbia). Iowa’s success, along with our wealth of talented and dedicated state leaders, is being hailed as a national example by a new national movement called “Opportunity Nation.” Rob Denson, president of Des Moines Area Community College, and Barry Griswell, CEO of the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, serve on the Leadership Council of Opportunity Nation."

Opportunity Nation Partners with Sister Campaign to Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

In honor of the 2012 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, Opportunity Nation and ServiceNation have joined together to highlight ways to increase economic opportunity in America through service. Dr. King worked for increased opportunity for all Americans. Now, more than ever, we need to work to create and support opportunities for Americans to strengthen economic security.

Limited Opportunity   •  
Alabama ranks 47th in a new measure of opportunity for its residents, with counties in the Shoals scoring slightly higher than the state average in economics, education and community factors.

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