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Opportunity Nation’s 2016 Blog Roundup

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As 2016 comes to a close, we spotlight our five most-read blogs of the year and also bring attention to three posts we want to make sure you didn’t miss. Enjoy and we look forward to 2017.

Five most-read Opportunity Nation blog posts of 2016:

  1. Don’t Quit on Me
    A post about Don’t Quit On Me: What Young People Say About the Power of Relationships, a report released by our Coalition member, America’s Promise Alliance, that includes the voices and perspectives of nearly 3,000 young adults.
  2. Retail’s Pathways: From Apple to Universal Resort
    Jordan Leventhal, Opportunity Leader, shares how his first job in retail provided him with the skills he needed to take on professional opportunities as a part of our Retail Pathways series about our retail report.
  3. Equal Access to Opportunity is Needed to Keep the American Dream Alive
    In the first half of 2016, guided by bipartisan, cross-sector solutions that work across the country, we created a plan identifying 12 actions to increase opportunity for all Americans for the 45th president as a part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Dear 45 letter campaign.
  4. Film/Media Literacy Education Program Offerings to Launch in 2016
    Written by Coalition member People for People Productions Jennifer Saunders: “I believe that at this juncture, it would be a missed opportunity if society does not use the transformative power of film/media literacy education to revolutionize civic engagement, economic prosperity and youth opportunity in this country.”
  5. Martin Luther King Jr. and Civic Engagement
    Written by Kimberly DeLande, Opportunity Nation: “While it may be easy to pass off civic engagement as merely a feel-good activity, data suggests that volunteering is an important strategy for combating youth disconnection. Our report, Connecting Youth and Strengthening Communities, shows that the chances that a young adult is disconnected drops in half if he or she volunteers.”

Three more must-read blogs:

  1. 2016 Summit precedes historic Census news; encouraging movement in Congress Overview of our 2016 Opportunity Summit, including #OppSummit highlights like the release of our policy agenda outlining six bold goals for the country to close the opportunity gap, by 2025; developed and signed by more than 125 of our Coalition members and the awarding of the inaugural Jacob K. Javits Prize to Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) for a lifetime of bipartisanship and to Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) for their emerging partnership.
  2. Kemp Leadership Award Dinner: A night of adventure
    The Jack Kemp Leadership Award is presented by the Jack Kemp Foundation to people who show exceptional leadership in public policy or private enterprise. One of our Opportunity Leaders, Donovan Hicks, attended the awards event on Opportunity Nation’s behalf.
  3. Retail Pathways Blog Series
    Our Retail Pathways blog series in November shared five stories about how the retail industry proved to be a great stepping stone on the pathway to success.
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