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The Opportunity Picture: Civic Life

by Opportunity Nation   •   Civic Life

Did you know that volunteers contribute $150 billion each year to the economy?

Or that high levels of group membership often correlate with lower unemployment rates?

Read about the power of volunteering and group membership in this week’s fact sheets about the key indicators of economic opportunity and social mobility.

These fact sheets share insights, research and statistics on critical issues that we hope you will find useful and share widely with your networks.

Our third blog post in this series is from the National Conference on Citizenship about how data and engagement can build resilient communities.

(Don’t forget to check out this post from Year Up’s founder and CEO, Gerald Chertavian, on helping young adults achieve the American Dream.)

Next week, we’ll explore another set of factors that influence opportunity – access to affordable housing, banking and high-speed Internet.

About This Series

According to the Opportunity Index, there are 16 key drivers of opportunity, from jobs to schools to community engagement. But how do each of these essential factors affect a person’s chances of success? Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at the key economic, educational and civic factors that drive the Opportunity Index.

Opportunity Nation Opportunity Nation is a bipartisan, national campaign comprised of more than 350 cross-sector organizations working together to expand economic mobility and close the opportunity gap in America. Opportunity Nation envisions the United States as a nation where everyone – regardless of where they were born – has equal access to opportunity, economic mobility, and success at all stages of life.

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