Grads of Life Blog

Category: Income Inequality

Strong Social Enterprises Boost Individual Lives And The Nation’s Economy

When the baseball season started and new youth started their jobs at our sites in Atlanta, Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland, I began reflecting on how important and rare a moment this is. Statistics show that youth of color suffer from an extraordinarily high unemployment rate and even those youth looking for a job struggle […]

Aspen Institute Summit Offers New Solutions For Expanding Opportunity

This post originally appeared on the Huffington Post.  In America today, the richest one percent hold 42 percent of the nation’s wealth, while roughly a quarter of adults work in poverty-wage or near-poverty-wage jobs. And access to economic opportunity is unevenly distributed across geographies and demographic groups, leaving some families facing increasingly long odds of […] Read More

How To Make High-Quality Jobs Available To More Americans

This post originally appeared on the Aspen Institute blog as “How to Increase Access to and Availability of Good Jobs.” Paul Osterman is a Nanyang Technological University Professor and a Professor of Human Resources and Management at MIT Sloan Institute for Work and Employment Research. He also serves as the co-director of the MIT Sloan […] Read More

How We Use Data To Track Economic Opportunity Across The Country

The difference between 14.4 and 11.3 percent seemed small to me until I joined the Opportunity Nation team. The two percentages from our Opportunity Index[1], a tool we jointly developed with our partners at Measure of America, illustrate the number of disconnected youth in the two different places I lived while I was growing up. Now […] Read More

How Employers Can Help Bridge The Youth Access Gap

If you ask a hiring manager for job search tips, one word is sure to be at the top of the list: networking. More than 75 percent of jobs are filled through networking, which should come as no surprise. If you have a relationship to an employer, even if it’s second- or third-hand, that employer […] Read More

$0 To $60k In 7 Weeks

In September, Adero Knott was out of school and out of work. Then she leveraged re:work training, a nonprofit I run out of BLUE1647, and in seven weeks earned a software sales job. Adero now makes over $60,000 annually, more than the average household in the U.S., and more than double the average individual in […] Read More