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The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps

Symposium Series: March 2016

The statistics indicate poverty has increased in our community. Most would agree such need severely limits the potential of
those who live in it. Poverty ravages families, depresses entire neighborhoods and prevents communities like ours from reaching
their true and full-potential. But identifying the most effective ways to reduce poverty is a much more complicated matter.

On June 16, 2016, United Way of the Midlands and partners hosted a symposium on “The Impact of Widening Opportunity Gaps.”
More than 500 members of our community gathered to talk, listen and strengthen the bonds of collaboration on addressing
poverty in the Omaha-Council Bluffs metro area.

In the broadest of discussions, education and health and family structure are commonly cited as key factors. In the context of
American self-determination, study and hard work are (often) mentioned as a means to overcome poverty. The vast majority of
Americans polled agree that everyone should have equal opportunities to succeed.

View the white paper article and read more HERE.