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Talking About Barriers to Employment CLOSED
Finding a job, even in an improving economy, has gotten much more complicated. Once upon a time, the get-a-good-education mantra held true for most Americans seeking good paying jobs, upward mobility, and a middle class existence. Increasingly, though, landing a job that justifies a costly education is a tougher proposition for many young people. Share your stories, thoughts and ideas for solutions here with people from our community.

Talking About Poverty and Education CLOSED
Nearly 200,000 children ages 0 to 17 are living in poverty in Minnesota, a 60 percent increase since 2000. Education and poverty form a close and complex interrelationship for children in our community. Building on United Way’s Faces of Poverty 2012 report, the new brief illustrates how education can improve children’s lives; the online conversation took place January 2013.


Talking About Poverty and Aging CLOSED
Between 2010 and 2030, the number of adults age 65+ is expected to nearly double, while the number of younger residents will increase only modestly. Setting the stage for the demographic trend of aging baby boomers, United Way released its third poverty brief and hosted an online conversation in October 2012.


New Structures Forum CLOSED
An online conversation following the August 2012 conference on strategies to maintain our strong nonprofit sector in the challenging decade ahead, in view of declining government funds and increasing need.



Talking About Poverty and Unemployment CLOSED
Minnesota had 17,400 residents that had been unemployed for more than six months in 2007. Four years later, in June 2011, this had increased to 75,800, including 47,700 that had been unemployed for more than a year. United Way released its first poverty brief and hosted an online conversation in April 2012.


Talking About Collective Impact CLOSED
“Mark – I agree. There is increasing political will to support more collective initiatives. Locally, we have applied for Social Innovation Funds to take a model we know works (Hospital to Home) to a much larger scale. Hospital to Home programs target housing stability and supports to frequent users of expensive medical systems (who are homeless) in hopes of increasing their stability and finding a more cost-effective and sustainable health care home. I also think the Obama Administration’s focus on ending homelessness for veterans is a good example – brings together the VA, public housing authorities, HUD, and local homeless outreach and service providers. There has been a 12% reduction in homeless veterans nationwide and a 33% reduction of homeless veterans here in Minneapolis/Hennepin County.”  Cathy ten Broeke, Minneapolis/Hennepin County Office to End Homelessness 


Early Childhood Educators Commenting on Minnesota Race to the Top CLOSED
“More study is needed to address the myriad issues integrated data systems raise, but the RTT can be the impetus to make real progress toward using technology and the large amount of information already collected toward improving outcomes for children and their families…”