Policy Solutions

Our Policy Recommendations to Increase Opportunity
and Decrease Poverty in America

Our top policy priority is investing in pathways out of poverty for all opportunity youth.

The transition to adulthood is a critical inflection point. It is a time when young people are ready to make new choices, to create a positive future for themselves and their families if they can see any path to achieving their goals.

We ask our nation’s leaders to expand all the existing pathways out of poverty to open the doors to least one million young people each year. A federal investment of $6.5 billion a year in proven existing federal programs would reconnect one million young adults per year, according to Civic Enterprises. With the addition of adequate state, city and private investment, we could solve the problem of young people disconnected from education and employment.

Increasing public and private investment in proven programs that work is the first step. We have identified six priority pathways out of poverty to expand:

Broader Systems Change for a Better Nation

In addition to expanding pathways of opportunity, we must also make big changes to several systems that impact our communities. It should not take heroic resilience and major investments for individuals to triumph over systemic barriers. Click an image below to explore what we believe it will take to create safe, welcoming, opportunity-rich communities for every child and young person in America.

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