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The Changing Face of the Heartland: Preparing America’s Diverse Workforce for Tomorrow

By 2044, people of color will account for a majority of the U.S. population. In this Brookings Essay, Jennifer Bradley examines efforts in U.S. metropolitan areas to prepare a more diverse workforce. morenext

From Brookings Institution, March 24, 2015

Moving Parents and Children out of Poverty: a Two-Generation Approach

Tiffany is a single mother living in Indiana. Before receiving assistance Tiffany was unemployed and experiencing severe depression which was further complicated by the threat of losing her home and difficulties her children were experiencing in school. morenext

From Child Trends, March 24, 2015

Urban Institute Gets $8.4 Million to Help Measure Pay-for-Success Programs

The Urban Institute will attempt to make pay-for-success investments more attractive to social entrepreneurs and government program managers with the help of an $8.4 million grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. morenext

From The Chronicle of Philathropy, March 18, 2015

We don’t need to keep criminals in prison to punish them

The transition from prison to the "free world" can be very tough, both for the offender and for the neighborhood he returns to. In the month after getting out, a person released from prison has about a dozen times the mortality rate of people of the same age, race, and sex in the same neighborhood, with the leading causes of death among former inmates being drug overdose, cardiovascular disease, homicide, and suicide. morenext

From Vox, March 18, 2015

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