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by Ben Hecht on May 20, 2016

Ben's Take: Vote No on Senate Bill 288 to Ensure Economic Opportunity for New Orleanians 

A ‘no’ vote on Senate Bill 288, being considered by the House Committee on Transportation and Public Works in the Louisiana State Legislature, is important to Louisiana and the struggling citizens of New Orleans.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Feb 23, 2017

#BensTake: Breaking Down Barriers for Entrepreneurs of Color 

People of color face a host of unique hurdles to starting businesses. Targeted solutions across the country are ensuring that everyone can participate in the full extent of the promise of entrepreneu…

Blog Post Jeff Raderstrong on Jan 24, 2017

VIDEO: How Can Employers Overcome Biases?  

How do you get employers to overcome their biases and change their culture to be more inclusive? Tawanna Black of the Northside Funders Groups posed this question to a panel of employment experts. No…

Blog Post JaNay Queen on Jan 20, 2017

What does it take to create opportunities for high-quality jobs? 

A new case study from StriveTogether offers some ideas on how to create good jobs for low-income people.

Resource on Mar 30, 2016

Video Case Study: Lawrence Working Families Initiative Addresses Unemployment 

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Dec 12, 2016

Video: Preparing and Connecting Communities to Employment 

Watch excerpts from an expert discussion about promising employment practices that help low-income people get on a path to economic security.

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.

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As America Diversifies, So Should Government Jobs From Top to Bottom 

Blog Post Robert DelCampo on Nov 10, 2016

2 + 1 + 2 = A Pipeline for Education  

A new hope has emerged in Albuquerque on increasing college completion rates and providing opportunities for low-income students

Blog Post Amy Liu on Oct 6, 2016

Prioritizing Job Quality 

By adopting a vigorous and sustained focus on creating quality jobs and connecting workers to them, private sector leaders and social change advocates can engage the market economy to produce better …

Blog Post Needham Hurst & Elizabeth Reynoso on May 31, 2016

How Cities are Rethinking Summer Jobs 

Cities are using new approaches and partnerships to maximize the impact of summer jobs programs.

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Brittany Ramos DeBarros 

Brittany provides programmatic support to the external field building work of the Collective Impact team at Living Cities. She also supports the Working Cities Challenge.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson & Jeff Raderstrong on May 26, 2016

What Does It Take To Achieve Collective Impact? (May Edition) 

Using data to achieve collective impact continues to be a challenge for the Living Cities Collective Impact team.

Resource on Oct 16, 2014

Lessons for Helping Formerly Incarcerated Americans Access Quality Jobs  

Leading practitioners respond to 7 key questions about helping Americans with criminal records re-enter the workforce and access good jobs. This resource shares lessons learned from leaders across the country.

Blog Post Thomas Zembowicz on Apr 26, 2016

Visualizing America's Student Debt Problem 

A new data visualization tool created by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth sheds light on the geographic patterns of student debt in the United States.

Blog Post Wingham Rowan on Mar 22, 2016

A Fresh Perspective on the Future of Work 

A new era of work is here. Do we need a new employment model for low-income people?

Blog Post Jennifer Perkins on Mar 18, 2016

Achieving Change: Just Do It TOGETHER 

Integration Initiative partners will come together for a "Learning Community" to mobilize and energize each other, and work toward eliminating barriers to economic opportunity for their residents.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Jan 20, 2016

Lessons on Supporting Cohorts to Get Low-Income Youth into Good Jobs 

This blog outlines how funders can support collective impact initiatives in defining workforce development outcomes, and support people on a path to employment.

Resource on Sep 25, 2014

Lessons on Integrating Immigrant Workers into the Economy 

Living Cities recently hosted a webinar exploring promising practices and policies that support immigrant workers in preparing for and accessing quality employment.

Blog Post Elizabeth Reynoso on Oct 8, 2015

How Cities are Changing Their Thinking on Disconnected Youth 

In late September, nearly 40 mayoral chiefs of staff and policy advisers from around the country gathered at Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for the 14th convening of the Project on Municipal Inn…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 30, 2015

#BensTake: We Could Be Providing Better Education Solutions to Low-Income Ameri… 

Some colleges have adapted to today's challenges, enrolling and graduating low-income students at above average rates. Here's what we can take away from the success stories to provide better educatio…

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Sep 16, 2015

Three Ways to Revive the American Dream for a New Majority  

A new poll finds that Blacks, Hispanics and Asians are optimistic about their future prospects and ability to achieve The American Dream. Our CEO, Ben Hecht, wants to take that optimism and turn it i…

Blog Post Brittany Ramos DeBarros on Aug 24, 2015

'Saving Gotham: Transforming America’s Cities' at South-by-Southwest 2016 

Living Cities wants to share our experiences and lessons at South-by-Southwest Interactive 2016. Your vote will determine if our session gets selected.