Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States

Brief

Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States

A Synthesis of Recommendations

Abstract

The Great Lakes region is positioned to rewrite its Rust Belt narrative as a story of resurgence. Capturing that potential depends in large part on the presence, skills, and well-being of young people. This brief summarizes recommendations for five broad evidence-based policy and philanthropic strategies to build ladders of opportunity and economic mobility for young people, especially young people of color, and promote productivity, stability, and prosperity in the Great Lakes states. This brief is part of a series that includes a separate brief on each of the five strategies.

This brief is part of a series recommending policies that will build ladders of opportunity and economic mobility for young people in the six state Great Lakes region—Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.

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