And the winners of the American Dream Photo Contest are…•
OpportunityNation launched the American Dream Contest to bring youth into the national dialogue about the current state of the American Dream. We were hoping to get a sense of the struggles that people are going through across the nation, what they hope to achieve in the future, and the gap that may exist between their dreams and their realities. Dozens of entries, many Facebook ‘likes’, and hundreds of ‘tweets’ later, we not only saw personal perspectives around America’s opportunity gap, but we also found our winners! The winners of our contest were determined by the number of Facebook ‘likes’ and Twitter ‘tweets’ that the contestants received – something we hoped would bring others on Facebook and Twitter into the conversation, even if they did not submit their own entry. Needless to say, each of the submissions was truly unique and gave our team a better indication of the obstacles that are preventing individuals from reaching their American Dream. Our first-place winner, Whitney H., will be flown out to New York to attend our national summit, co-convened by TIME Magazine, the Ford Foundation, AARP, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, on November 4th. The goal of the summit is to create a powerful, high visibility event that will focus the country’s attention on the issues of economic opportunity and mobility in America. During the summit, we will shine a spotlight on innovative solutions from small and large organizations that are making quantifiable, positive change. Our second-place winner, Jaime D., will receive an iPad 2, and our third-place winner, Tara H., will receive awesome OpportunityNation gear! Check out the winners and their entries below!
Also, don’t worry, this contest is only the beginning of many more activities you can engage in around these issues, so stay tuned!