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.
Our own Russell Krumnow was quoted in a report titled “Millennial Generation” by Alan Greenblatt. The report, which is featured on CQ Researcher, talks about the role Millennials will play in shaping the future despite the hardships they’ve encountered, such as student loans and entering the job marketing in the 2007-09 recession.
The National Opportunity Summit is not designed to be a single moment in time, but instead a catalyzing experience that fuels a national opportunity movement. Yet, this dream cannot be realized if we refuse to tap into the incredible talent of our network gifted us - the people around us.
Not only that, trade and vocational schools are more of an economic necessity than ever as middle-skill jobs -- defined as jobs that require a high school diploma and some training or college, but not a four-year college degree -- are in high demand.
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.
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.