White House Council for Community Solutions
Posted on Jun 21, 2012
More than 50 years ago, a group of young African-American college students staged a sit-in to demand service at a whites-only lunch counter in Greensboro, NC , and sparked a youth movement throughout the country. As the sit-ins spread, some young people were beaten and even arrested, but they were not deterred. As a result, they helped end racial segregation in America, and showed the world how youth determination and leadership can make a difference.
I believe I witnessed the beginning of the country's next youth movement at the White House Youth Summit on Community Solutions for Disconnected Youth on June 4.At the summit, I heard innovative solutions for the nation's 6.7 million opportunity youth who are neither in...
Posted on May 29, 2012
We would all like to believe we control our own destiny.
Posted on May 11, 2012
Posted on May 4, 2012
There are people working every day at all levels – and across all sectors – to improve our communities and fin
Posted on Apr 6, 2012
Every day, researchers, policymakers, teachers, counselors, and business leaders continue to make the case for the importance of earning a high school diploma and obtaining some post-secondary study.For young adults who drop out of high school, their options and future earning potential become extremely limited. Sadly, 1-in-6 young adults are completely isolated from school and work – and are less likely to become the independent, productive citizens needed to help our nation grow.
Posted on Mar 20, 2012
Growing up, I had dreams of what my future would look like. But reality taught me that achieving a dream and building a future is a learning process and can't be done alone.As a young, third-generation welfare recipient in Chicago, I struggled to find direction when I dropped out of high school a few credits shy of graduation. The reality was, I had no one to support my aspirations of going to college and starting a career. With the cost of education, little job experience, and no consistent place to live, my dreams appeared to be rapidly fading.
Posted on Mar 5, 2012
Last week, I joined a community conversation organized by the United Way of the Bay Area. It was one of five forums in my region, of more than 100 gatherings in 30 cities across the country this spring. These events are bringing together local leaders, youth, and citizens to map out a plan to help young people find paths to economic independence.
Posted on Feb 24, 2012
Throughout time, a community has often determined the success or failure of its members. A youth’s environment shapes the adult they will become, so it is critical that young people are surrounded by positive role models and caring adults in a nurturing community.
Posted on Feb 17, 2012
Communities have a long history of coming together to revitalize and transform their areas. From the settlement houses of the late 19th century to the 1960s War on Poverty, communities have been collaborating for centuries to improve their surroundings.
Posted on Feb 10, 2012
America's young people have always been a particular passion of mine. Maybe it's because I have three children or perhaps it because I work with a staff of young professionals who keep me thinking young. In working with young people, I've come to hold one truth above all: the youth of America have the power to change the world if we give them the tools, the mentorship, and the opportunity to do it.
Posted on Feb 3, 2012
How do we open up economic opportunity to every young adult in America?