Brief Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States
A Synthesis of Recommendations
Heather Hahn, Megan Gallagher, Jesse Jannetta, Michael Katz, Rolf Pendall, Shayne Spaulding
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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.

Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Economic mobility and inequality Education Health and health care Children and youth Families Social safety net Workforce
Tags Workforce development Welfare and safety net programs Economic well-being K-12 education Child support Juvenile justice Maternal, child, and reproductive health Head Start and elementary education Families with low incomes Labor force Schooling Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Early childhood education Kids in context Earned income tax credit Hunger and food assistance
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center
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