Five and a half million Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 are neither working nor going to school, a problem facing America’s cities that will only grow if we don’t support children trapped in generational poverty in new ways.
Unlikely partnerships have begun to do just that.
- Church movements of diverse denominations are springing up in cities across the nation to more directly engage in the issues of generational poverty.
- Businesses and universities are creatively engaging their people personally in the lives of young people to help them get to college.
- Schools and community organizations are brokering this influx of talent in their communities.
Their efforts are beginning to power change in the communities they serve. In the Cody-Rouge Community in Detroit, graduation rates soared from 65% to 81% and violent crimes against young people fell by 57% over the last seven years, even while housing values lost two-thirds of their value and the number of tax-foreclosed homes tripled.
Cities as diverse as Portland and Pittsburgh are similarly experiencing the power of leveraging their efforts.
Join us for a gathering in Detroit to hear first-hand from the students and civic leaders who helped to turn their school and community around. Forge common bonds and solutions for the children who need it most—not only be hearing from students, practitioners, and innovative leaders, but by walking and talking with them in small group visits in Detroit’s schools, neighborhoods and Downtown.