The American Dream is broken. The kind of social mobility that once inspired our country's global reputation as the land of opportunity has become increasingly elusive in today's climate of rising economic inequality. Now more than ever, where you start out in life strongly determines where you end up, and this reality is leaving millions of low-income families perpetually trapped in our nation’s poorest neighborhoods.
But the stories told by resilient youth in New York and Baltimore offer reason for hope. The personal triumphs of those who beat the odds illustrate that with the right support systems in place, disadvantaged youth can successfully launch into adulthood—and out of the cycle of poverty.
Join us as we invite Brooke Richie-Babbage of the Resilience Advocacy Project and TCF’s Stefanie DeLuca and Halley Potter to discuss lessons that New York and Baltimore can offer on interrupting intergenerational poverty. Is the cycle of poverty inevitable, and if not, how can we ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to thrive?
Brooke Richie-Babbage is the founder and executive director of the Resilience Advocacy Project (RAP). She has spent over 12 years as a lawyer and advocate for children and youth in poverty. In addition to running RAP, Brooke is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs. Prior to founding RAP, Brooke worked as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney at NCLEJ in New York. She has worked on health access issues at CDF-NY, taught the history of social welfare law and policy at Tufts, and consulted for CLASP around anti-poverty and child care policy.
Stefanie DeLuca is a fellow at The Century Foundation and an Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Her work often investigates the way that social context (e.g. family, school, neighborhood, peers) affects the outcomes of disadvantaged young people, primarily in adolescence and at the transition to adulthood. Stefanie is the recipient of a William T. Grant Foundation Scholars award for her research on housing and the author of the book Coming of Age in the Other America.
Halley Potter is a fellow at The Century Foundation, where she researches public policy solutions for addressing educational inequality. Her work focuses on school integration, charter schools, and college admissions. She is coauthor, with Richard D. Kahlenberg, of two books on diversity in charter schools. Prior to joining The Century Foundation, Halley taught at Two Rivers Public Charter School in northeast Washington, D.C.
A selection of wine and cheese will be served.
This is the kickoff event in a three-part panel series aimed at bringing together millennials working in NYC to expand their networks and discuss policies that promise to build a better future. Whether you're new to the city, here for the summer, or just really enjoy meeting other incredibly smart people, you're invited to join us as we share a drink (or two) and discuss issues that matter. Learn more about other events in this summer's series.