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Katie Albright

Katie Albright

: San Francisco, CA

Ascend Action Plan: As Executive Director of the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, Katie Albright is developing and implementing a framework to improve social capital – trusted networksMore next

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

Dr. C. Nicole Mason

: New York, NY

Ascend Action Plan: ​ Dr. C. Nicole Mason, a visiting professor at Spelman College, is at work on a book, Another Tomorrow: Poverty and the Meaning of Success and OMore next

Henry Wilde

Henry Wilde

Dr. Mario Small

Dr. Mario Small

Dr. Eduardo Padrón

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Reverend Vivian Nixon

Reverend Vivian Nixon

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In Tulsa, Combining Preschool With Help For Parents

At preschools in Tulsa, Okla., teachers are well-educated and well-paid, and classrooms are focused on play, but are still challenging. One nonprofit in Tulsa, the Community Action Project, has flipped the script on preschool. The idea behind its Career Advance program is simple: To help kids, the group believes, you often have to help their parents. morenext

From National Public Radio: Education, April 23, 2014

Taking on Karl Marx and Adam Smith

Thomas Piketty’s best-selling new book, “Capital in the Twenty-First Century,” argues income inequality is going to worsen. morenext

From NY Times: International Business Section, April 19, 2014

Researchers Discuss Two-Generation Solutions

According to Northwestern researchers, two-generation programs that target parents and children simultaneously will have a greater short-term and long-term impact on children's success and life opportunities over time. morenext

From The Daily Northwestern: Northwestern researchers discuss two-generation programs, April 16, 2014

Women’s Unequal Lot

I DROPPED in on my sister last week. As usual, I was amazed. I work a single job; she works three or four. morenext

From NY Times: Women's Unequal Lot, April 12, 2014

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Minimum Wage. Limited Options

Minimum Wage. Limited Options

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Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise

Delivering Meaningful Impact with For-Profit Social Enterprise

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