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 are research, policy development, dissemination of policy ideas and working to build consensus around policy proposals.

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PRODUCTS AND ACTIVITIES

EVENTS

Workforce education: New Jersey as a laboratory for America - Half-day conference bringing together state and national stakeholders, 5-1-18
Unregistered earn & learn job training - Half-day peer-to-peer roundtable for 20 employers that offer programs, 3-27-18
This way up: New thinking about poverty and economic mobility - Two launch events for OA-edited book on poverty and opportunity, 1-18-18
How states can encourage employer-educator partnership - Plenary panel at the 2017 ACTE VISION Conference, 12-8-17

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PUBLICATIONS

This Way Up: New thinking about poverty and economic mobility - Volume edited by Tamar Jacoby, American Enterprise Institute and Opportunity America, 1-18-18
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 7-1-17

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OPPORTUNITY IN THE NEWS

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