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The very promise on which America was founded – equal opportunity for all – is out of reach for too many. Building on our work at the 2016 Summit in September, Opportunity Nation will embark on a series of convenings on Restoring the American Dream, to highlight the six Opportunity Millennium Goals laid out in the Our Opportunity Nation plan, which was signed by more than 130 members of the Opportunity Nation Coalition. Together we unite to promote innovative, evidence-based strategies to reinvigorate the American Dream and restore the country’s promise of opportunity for all.

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On February 15, Opportunity Nation, along with co-conveners Gap Inc. and The Forum for Youth Investment, will bring together bipartisan leaders and young adults from our Coalition on Capitol Hill for the first in our "Restoring the American Dream" series. This initial conversation will focus on solutions to reengage one million Opportunity Youth.

Restoring the American Dream:

RE-ENGAGE ONE MILLION OPPORTUNITY YOUTH EACH YEAR BY 2025

Wednesday, February 15

11 am - 1 pm (lunch will be provided)

Capitol Visitor Center, SVC209-08

Confirmed speakers:

Kumari Adams, Alumna, This Way Ahead

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)

Kelem Butts, Director, Charitable Operations, AT&T

Troy Dunmire, Vice President, Old Navy

Thaddeus Ferber, Vice President, Policy Advocacy, The Forum for Youth Investment

Gail Gershon, Executive Director, Community Leadership, Gap Inc.

Rob Gordon, President, Be The Change, Inc.

Donovan Hicks, Opportunity Leader

Cassius Johnson, Senior Director of Policy and Government Affairs, Year Up

Alan Khazei, CEO, Be The Change, Inc.

Stephanie Nellons-Paige, Vice President, National Engagement, USA Funds

Kimberly Pham, Opportunity Leader

Monique Rizer, Executive Director, Opportunity Nation

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA)

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC)

Carrie Sheffield, Founder, Bold

John Valverde, CEO, YouthBuild USA

The 5.3 million Opportunity Youth who remain disconnected from school and work represent tremendous potential and talent for our communities, economy and society. Opportunity Youth who remain disconnected from school and work are more likely to become economic burdens: in 2011, youth disconnection cost taxpayers $93.7 billion in government support and lost taxpayer revenue. In addition, a 2012 study estimated that the lifetime economic burden of one cohort of Opportunity Youth is $1.6 trillion to the taxpayer and $4.7 trillion to society.

The six Opportunity Millennium Goals from “Our Opportunity Nation” will be the subject of cross-sector conversations about how to close the opportunity gap in the country and ensure our nation’s children and young people are on a path to success.

About “Our Opportunity Nation”

In September 2016, Opportunity Nation and our Coalition released a plan to expand opportunity in America. The plan sets forth policy recommendations that are evidence-based, bipartisan and cross-sector. “Our Opportunity Nation” articulated six “Opportunity Millennium Goals” to galvanize the nation and keep all sectors accountable for progress over the next decade. Currently, the plan includes the signatures of over 130 organizations. Join the conversation about the plan and related events on social media using #OurOppNation.

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