WHO WE ARE

Opportunity America is a Washington think tank and policy shop promoting economic mobility – work, skills, careers, entrepreneurship and inclusion.

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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EVENTS & PRODUCTS

UPCOMING EVENTS
PAST EVENTS
Listening tour - Opportunity America-AEI-Brookings working class study group traveled to Michigan & Ohio, October 2018
CTE schools: What standards? - Authorizers discuss performance standards for CTE charter schools, 10-22-18
You can do it: Launching a CTE charter - Panel discussion at the 2018 National Charter Schools Conference, 6-19-18
CTE charter school accountability - Peer-to-peer discussion among CTE charter educators, 6-17-18
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
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Community colleges and career education - Education Next, 11-28-18
Work, skills, community: Restoring opportunity for the working class - Opportunity America, American Enterprise Institute and Brookings Institution, November 2018

 

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