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The State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Communities

Experts from Gallup and the Center for Advancing Opportunity discussed “The State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Communities” during this webinar on Thursday, August 6th at 1PM EST.

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Opportunity Dashboard

Residents of fragile communities face specific barriers to opportunity. Our Gallup research looked at local economic conditions, access to educational opportunities, views of the criminal justice system, and entrepreneurial mindset.

The Opportunity Dashboard offers a visual depiction of this research, allowing us to understand and compare views on each topic across groups and regions.

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The State of Opportunity In America

Across the country, fragile communities face barriers to opportunity, including high levels of poverty, low-performing schools, inequities in law enforcement and limited economic opportunities. These communities are in urban, rural and increasingly suburban areas, and they include people of all races and ethnicities. For years, researchers and policy-makers have debated the entrenched poverty and lack of social mobility that plague such communities.

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The Center for Advancing Opportunity’s mission is to move people living in fragile communities from promise to prosperity.

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When @Gallup asked fragile community residents about the biggest barriers to opportunity, two of the most common answers were a lack of jobs that offer career advancement and drug or alcohol addiction. Read the latest column by @DrHLWilliams of @tmcf_hbcu:
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ICYMI: Today’s State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Community webinar with @DrHLWilliams, @hhendersonphd and @Gallup will continue to be accessible on-demand here: @tmcf_hbcu @GallupNews #education #criminaljustice #economicmobility
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Thank you for presenting the findings and discussing The State of Opportunity in America’s Fragile Communities, @DrHLWilliams from @tmcf_hbcu, @hhendersonphd from @CJResearchTSU and Jim Clifton, Mohamed Younis and Camille Lloyd from @Gallup. And thanks to all who joined us! AdvancingOpps photo
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“We know that students in fragile communities have suffered more since COVID-19 due to lack of access to technology – both broadband and computers.” @DrHLWilliams @tmcf_hbcu @Gallup AdvancingOpps photo
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“TMCF knows that a college education is the best way for fragile community members to move into the middle class, but often, students from low-income families drop out due to lack of funding.” @DrHLWilliams @tmcf_hbcu #education
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Only 28% of fragile community residents believe they have access to an affordable college education. Thank you for presenting #education findings @policyresrchbuf @Gallup @tmcf_hbcu
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“CAO partners with scholars at HBCUs to communicate with fragile communities, research potential ‘bottom-up’ solutions to the barriers they’re facing, then communicate their research to on-the-ground partners that can apply the research to proposed solutions.” @DrHLWilliams