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Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future

How can Newtown’s schools help the latest generation of students? Educators at the neighborhood’s Alta Vista Elementary School have found some answers. Principal Barbara Shirley adopted an Aspen Institute initiative called “Two Generations, One Future,” designed to simultaneously engage children and their parents in practical skills, with the twin goals of academic success and job readiness. Shirley viewed the program as a natural fit for this county, where the number of locals registering for food stamps has soared 200% in the past eight years and where almost half of those at or below the poverty line work full and part-time jobs. morenext

From Fortune, June 29, 2015

How does the ‘toxic stress’ of poverty hurt the developing brain?

A growing body of research shows that the stress of growing up in poverty can have long-term effects on children's brains and cognitive development. How can so-called “toxic stress” be prevented? NewsHour’s Megan Thompson reports in our latest story from the continuing public media series "Chasing the Dream.” Thompson is currently a fellow with the Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism program. morenext

From PBS News Hour, June 27, 2015

Aspen Institute’s Anne Mosle asks, Do men have to lose for women to win? (Video)

Mosle talked with Cindy Fisher Crawford about what it takes to get more women in Birmingham’s C-Suites and hopefully CEO seats. morenext

From Birmingham Business Journal, June 22, 2015

A Federal Policy on Paid Leave Suddenly Seems Plausible

The United States is the only industrialized country that doesn’t provide workers with any sort of paid leave as part of government policy. The Family and Medical Leave Act, which President Bill Clinton signed on his 17th day in office in 1993, gives about half of workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave for a serious health condition, a birth or an ailing family member. morenext

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The City of Angels Goes 2Gen!

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