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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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Our Mission

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

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There has been no shortage of discourse surrounding racial and ethnic #disparities in the #criminaljustice system. In fact, the need to address these inequities have emerged as a central tenet of most viable #criminaljusticereform efforts. @cjresearchtsu
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"Our hope is to spread an infectious zeal for #education with every community in America because only education can cure society’s ills."

Casey M. Bethel, HS teacher, #K12 Science/ #STEM Coordinator for 34 schools & Georgia Teacher of the Year. #EdLeaders
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"Literacy is the foundation for survival in this world, and its development, or lack thereof, can have generational and/or societal economic repercussions." Sarah Ballew Welch, Director of Instructional Services, Fannin County, GA @CtrForEduOpp #literacy
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Rasheeda Shankle once struggled as a single mother working a minimum wage job while attending college. She's now president and CEO of a nonprofit helping single-family households break the cycle of poverty. #fragilecommunities #economicmobility
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Meet Dr. Craig Richardson, distinguished professor of economics and founding director of the Center for the Study of Economic Mobility. Find out how CSEM is working to improve #socialmobility in Winston-Salem's #fragilecommunities. @CraigJRich1962
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"Just because a parent goes to prison does not mean the child loses that love." #ThrowbackThursday to our faculty grantee @DrBMuhammad1's TEDx where she describes the stigma placed on children of #incarcerated parents and celebrates their #resilience.
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As #NationalCriminalJusticeMonth ends, we highlight @hhendersonphd's recent Congressional Judiciary Committee testimony, sharing the evolutionary impact of federal drug policies on Black communities. #CriminalJustice #drugpolicy
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"Incarcerated individuals should be given access to tools to improve their lives and develop a support system so they leave prison equipped to become productive citizens."
-Ja’Ron Smith, Executive Director, Center for Advancing Opportunity #SecondChances