WHO WE ARE

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, ownership and entrepreneurship for poor and working Americans.

Restoring robust economic mobility is among the most urgent challenges facing the nation today. Our current approach dates back more than 50 years to President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty – a strategy that made a difference in its day but is no longer enough.

What’s needed is a new conversation: a new vocabulary, new voices from new places on the political spectrum, a new broader climate of concern – and a new national push to enhance opportunity.

Opportunity America is devoted to filling this gap, funneling ideas into the policy process and building consensus around a new agenda.

The organization’s principal activities: highlighting the need for a bolder opportunity agenda, developing policy proposals, driving new ideas on Capitol Hill, lifting up successful state initiatives and encouraging engagement by civil society, including employers.

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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

EVENTS

A match made in heaven: CTE charter schools - Panel discussion at the 2017 National Charter Schools Conference, 6-12-17
CTE charter roundtable - Peer-to-peer discussion among CTE charter educators, 6-11-17
Work-based learning v. formal apprenticeship - Panel discussion at the 2017 Apprenticeship Forward conference, 5-4-17
This way up summit - New ideas from policymakers and practitioners, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, 12-14-17 and 12-15-17

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PUBLICATIONS

Visiting working class America - By Tamar Jacoby and Isabel Sawhill, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity 10-4-17
Employers & job training: New Jersey as laboratory for America - Opportunity America policy brief 7-1-2017

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