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Symposium: Creating Opportunity through Collaboration (ML922)

Atlanta, GA • Feb. 24, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Join colleagues from around the country to explore exciting collaborations across housing, education, health and workforce development.

The foundation for a successful path in life is seemingly simple: get a quality education, find a good job, live in a safe home and enjoy good health. It begins early in life. Children benefit from access to quality learning opportunities from birth through their entry into the workforce. Adults with access to good jobs can provide enough income to support a family. And people of all ages thrive in safe, affordable housing and healthy neighborhoods. Yet for many Americans, this foundation is not within reach. Approximately 22 percent of all children in the United States live in families that are considered poor, and by virtue of being born into poverty, these children are less likely to achieve positive health, education and economic outcomes.

Leading-edge efforts demonstrate the value of collaboration across disciplines to create lasting positive change, so we’ve created a special day-long symposium to gather and explore the best thinking in collaborative work to support low-income Americans. During this compelling day, we will examine proven and emerging models that partner housing and community development with investments in human capital such as education, health and workforce development— leading to improved outcomes and economic opportunities. Our can’t-miss event will spotlight community driven solutions that connect individuals and families with early childhood education, job training, financial capability coaching, health care and other services to equip them with the skills they need to thrive.

Join local and national experts, thought leaders and innovators for a stimulating day of presentations, interactive sessions, networking and up-close learning that will help you understand and capitalize on the vital connection between community development, education, health and employment.

Throughout the day, we will:

  • Address income and wealth disparities and the inequality of opportunity.
  • Identify the structural and institutional barriers that prevent employment and worsen educational and health outcomes.
  • Explore promising strategies for overcoming those barriers and creating opportunities for low-income people.
  • Understand how housing and community development can serve as a platform to support effective education, health and employment strategies.
  • Dialogue with thought leaders from the education, workforce and health sectors and see opportunities from their perspectives.
  • Learn about best practices and evidence-based models that improve education, employment and health outcomes.
  • Share community-driven solutions for meeting the complex needs of communities well beyond housing.
The day also brings your learning full-circle through mobile workshops to visit successful local cross-sector programs in Atlanta.
Register NowThe day is designed for those interested in organizational capacity and health, including:
  • Leaders from community development organization organizations
  • Housing developers and managers
  • Experts and practitioners from the public health, health care, workforce, education and human services sectors
  • Representatives from municipalities, regulatory agencies and financial institutions
  • Leaders and program officers from foundations and other funders
All Symposiuim participants will receive a complimentary copy of our Keynote Speaker's publication.
H. Luke Shaefer is co-author of $2 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America.
The book delivers new evidence and new ideas to our national debate on income inequality and is a perfect companion to the symposium.

Kathryn Edin, sociologist and coauthor of $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, will be part of a live webinar panel Desperate Measures: Survival Strategies of the Poorest of the Poor on  Friday, February 26 from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.
Her work provides context for recent findings from the Urban Institute on poverty-coping mechanisms.
For more information Visit the Urban Institute's website
The Atlanta Sympsoium will be the first in a series of four, daylong symposia focused on creating economic opportunities throughout 2016. Each will be held on the Wednesday of the NeighborWorks Training Institutes. We will bring together a cross-section of participants, ranging from community development practitioners, to researchers, policy makers and resident leaders. 
Click here for an overview of our symposium series, " Creating Economic Opportunity", throughout 2016