Young, educated, and upwardly mobile: What colleges are doing to help low-income students climb the economic ladder

HKS’s David Deming and his CLIMB initiative is using big data to look at how higher education can help advance the American Dream by helping people move out of poverty and into the middle class.

Leading by Example: Omar Yanar MPP 2010 is building a school that will take kids from hopelessness to college

El Paso Leadership Academy is a tuition-free public charter school for sixth-to-eighth graders in El Paso, Texas, that primarily serves low-income minority students. The school teaches leadership through a set of core values: collaboration, responsibility, smarts, humility, and hunger.

Founder of StudentsFirst and former Chancellor of Washington D.C. Public Schools, Michelle Rhee in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum

Black men and the struggle for work

William Julius Wilson reflects on the connection between race and employment. To confront poverty and inequality in the inner city, he says, we must recognize the complex, interrelated problems facing poor black families.