Economic Opportunity Symposium scheduled for May 29 in Portland

“It’s the American dream: get a good education, work hard, buy a house, and achieve prosperity and success. This is the America we believe in—a nation of opportunity, constrained only by ability and effort. But during the last twenty-five years we have seen a disturbing ‘opportunity gap’ emerge. Americans have always believed in equality of opportunity, the idea that all kids, regardless of their family background, should have a decent chance to improve their lot in life. Now, this central tenet of the American dream seems no longer true or at the least, much less true than it was.” - Robert Putnam, author of “Our Kids”

Do you want to take part in laying a solid foundation that will help low-income families? Attend the 2015 Economic Opportunity Symposium hosted by Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury, the Department of County Human Services, and the Commission on Children, Families and Community. This free event is scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 29, at the Ambridge Event Center (1333 NE MLK Jr. Blvd., Portland, OR 97232). 

Many of you see this experience first-hand every day in Multnomah County. Join this important symposium to learn, engage in discussions on the latest information about what works and identify strategies for collaboration and alignment. The goal is to lay the foundation for actions that will have real impact on families in our community.

  • Let's move the dial economically for low income families.
  • Let's create community and system level responses.
  • And, let's do it together for our kids.  

So let's come together and seek to improve the economic mobility capacity of our community. Breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the program will start promptly at 9am. Reserve your spot by registering today.

Posted on May 7, 2015 and filed under events.