Economic Mobility

Economic Mobility
Members of the Economic Mobility Action Network touring the new Greater Auburn-Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub in Chicago.
Economic mobility is one of the most pressing issues in communities all across the country.

In order for individuals and families to achieve economic mobility, the communities they live in need to provide equitable access to high-quality education and jobs. Increased wages, adequate working hours and reasonable working conditions can help advance economic well-being and provide increased access to opportunities such as buying a house, paying for a college education or investing in a business. 

Because of the complex social, economic and political issues that have affected economic mobility over several decades, solutions that help individuals and families achieve this “American Dream” require a multi-faceted, cross-sector approach designed to impact change at the systems level.  

Now, we’re building on our previous work on family economic security and family asset building to explore how community foundations can use the five competencies of community leadership to help families move beyond economic security and toward upward economic mobility through a new Economic Mobility Action Network

Judith Bell, San Francisco Team, places a post it note on a posterboard.

Economic Mobility Action Network

The Economic Mobility Action Network is made up of six community foundation teams coming together to further an economic mobility agenda for their communities.

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