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The college trap that keeps people poor

Chelsey Stone had already escaped so many of the traps that keep poor children in poverty for life. She recalls begging neighbors for dinner when her mother sold their food stamps for drug money. She slept on the trampoline outside when the heroin showed up and her mom locked the door and the binges began. When she rebelled as a teenager, it was with poster board: She plastered her house with bright signs warning, “Do Not Throw Needles Away Here.” morenext

From The Washington Post, December 15, 2014

Report Holds Promise For Investors And Poor Families

“Wealth has never been so concentrated as it is today, while families find it increasingly difficult to climb the ladder of prosperity,” says Anne Mosle, the lead author on a new impact investing report from Ascend, a family-focused effort at the Aspen Institute, “The Bottom Line: Impacting Investing for Economic Mobility in the US.” morenext

From Forbes, December 11, 2014

When It Comes to Early Learning, Preschool Isn’t Enough

The country still needs a lot more investment to really change the life trajectory of young kids being raised by poor, single moms. morenext

From The Atlantic, December 11, 2014

‘Impact Investments’ Show Strong Returns, Survey Says

An overwhelming majority of "impact investments" met or exceeded financial and social-benefit goals, according to a survey released Thursday. morenext

From The Chronicle of Philanthropy , December 11, 2014

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