• Wednesday, July 9 Helping Children Thrive While Parents Move Ahead: A Forum on Two-Generation Education Policy Solutions to Reduce Poverty
    The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP), Foundation for Child Development (FCD), Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray, and USA Today\'s Marisol Bello will host a forum to discuss the successes and the challenges in helping parents improve their education and career options while also strengthening their child’s early development. The discussion will highlight new findings by Dr. Donald J. Hernandez, sociology professor at Hunter College, that demonstrate striking differences in how well children do depending on their mothers\' educational attainment. Two-generation education strategies for reducing poverty are an exciting idea—but what does it take for them to work in the real world? Panelists will consider a variety of questions to see how these strategies can come to life. The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT at NPR in Washington, D.C., and will be webcast live.
  • Thursday, July 10 Forum: Passing the Baton: The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice
    The Center for American Progress\' Poverty to Prosperity and Progress 2050 will hold a forum to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. Joined by civil rights activists and informed by 50 years of progress as well as hard-learned lessons, the event will explore how the nation can build power to address civil rights and economic security moving forward. Speakers include Julian Bond, chairman emeritus of the NAACP, and Carmen Berkley, civil, human and women’s rights director at AFL-CIO. The event will be held from 10-11 a.m. EDT at the Center for American Progress in Washington, D.C.
  • Wednesday, July 23 Webinar: Heirs' Property: Preventing Loss and Promoting Effective Utilization
    The Institute for Research on Poverty will hold a webinar to examine the topic of so-called “heirs’ property,” which is property that has been passed down through generations, typically in poor and minority communities, without a written Will or legal transfer. This type of ownership significantly increases the risk that an heir (or a land speculator who has purchased an heir’s share) will try to force a sale or that the land will be lost to tax default. The webinar will address strategies to build a more secure ownership model that helps these low-income families build wealth with their properties. The webinar will be held from 2-3 p.m. EDT.
  • Wednesday, July 23 National Audio Conference: Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards: Fighting Poverty with Strategy and Story
    Spotlight is teaming up once again with the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington, the Northwest Area Foundation, and the University of Minnesota\'s Humphrey School of Public Affairs to host a series of audio conferences highlighting innovative, ground-breaking anti-poverty programs from around the country that have earned this year\'s Ideas for Action Award. This audio conference will explore two programs that focus on giving people the tools and means to lift themselves out of poverty. These award-winning programs include immediate homelessness prevention that provides at-risk families with short-term financial assistance, employment services, and stable housing; and a crowd-sourcing tool that enables individuals to tell their personal stories of living in poverty and connects them to microdonations that help them overcome economic hurdles. The audio conference will be held from 12:30-1:30 p.m. EDT.
  • Thursday, July 24 Forum: Expanding Opportunity in America: A Conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) will unveil a new set of policy reforms aimed at reducing poverty and increasing upward mobility throughout America at an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). A panel of leading poverty and economic mobility experts will then discuss the policy implications of Chairman Ryan’s plan. Panelists include Stuart Butler, director of the Center for Policy Innovation at The Heritage Foundation; Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at AEI; and Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center for Children and Families at The Brookings Institution. The event will be held from 9-10 a.m. EDT at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and will be webcast live.
  • Wednesday, July 30 National Audio Conference: Insights from the Ideas for Action Awards: Targeting Strategies for Financial Success
    The final audio conference in the Ideas for Action Award series will explore two exemplary programs that help distinct populations (at-risk students and American Indians) build financial assets through unique approaches. These include building on existing Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites that serve American Indian communities, linking participating households to a broad range of asset building services and public benefit programs; and a micro aid program that gives students small loans to deal with financial difficulties that might otherwise lead them to drop out of school. The audio conference will be held from 3-4 p.m. EDT.