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Redesigning DATA2GO.NYC: An Interactive Session

June 24, 2024NYC Open Data Week on YouTube

Listen Here for the next edition of “Newark Today”

June 20, 2024WBGO

Newark Highlights Workforce Development Initiatives With NLC and USDOL

June 3, 2024The Newark Times

New study has sobering findings about life for Newark youth

May 31, 2024WBGO

‘Literally life or death’: California kids are disappearing from school and the workforce. No one knows where they are

May 22, 2024San Fransico Chronicle

Recruiting ‘opportunity youth’ offers HR the chance to fill skills gaps

May 16, 2024HR Brew

Lessons from the Performance Partnership Pilots for Disconnected Youth

May 15, 2024New America

San Mar’s young adult housing project wins support of commissioners, Nora Roberts charity

May 13, 2024Aol

1 Of 5 Youth In Newark Aren’t Working Or Going To School: Study

May 10, 2024Patch Newark

Without School or Work, Some California Youth Are Left Disconnected from the Economy

May 8, 2024Public Policy Institute of California

Why so many Gen Zers are struggling to find a connection to work, school, and a sense of purpose

May 6, 2024Business Insider

Meet the Gen Zers struggling to stay in work or school — and the parents who are at a loss for how to help

April 27, 2024Business Insider

Report Says Newark’s Youth Disconnection Persists, Varies by Ward

April 26, 2024TapInto

Newark youth not in school or working nearly double the statewide rate, new report finds

April 24, 2024Chalkbeat

1 in 5 Newark youths is ‘disconnected’ from work and school, report says

April 24,

Focus on Newark Youth, Who ‘Struggle To See a Path Forward’

April 24, 2024NJER

New: 18.4% of Newark Young People Are Not in School and Not Working

April 24, 2024NJER

Opinion: Going deeper in the data on Connecticut’s 119,000

April 22, 2024Hartford Courant

From Social Good to Strategic Talent Advantage: The Business Case for Hiring Opportunity Youth

April 17, 2024SHRM

Board of Supervisors unanimously approves resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis

March 15, 2024County of Sonoma

Sonoma County declares racism a public health crisis

March 14, 2024KRON 4

We will invest in the state’s future through the New Jersey YouthBuild Act

February 9, 2024Daily Record

North Carolina leaders seek more career prep in K-12 schools

February 9, 2024 — WRAL

Rhode Island making progress keeping youth from falling through cracks on road to adulthood

January 29, 2024 — News From The States

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: New Jersey Governor signs Youth Disconnection Prevention Bill

January 17, 2024 — Insider NJ

BESE president revokes emergency order for failed LEAP test appeals

December 4, 2023Louisiana Illuminator

JCTC career support program helping at-risk Louisville teens, young adults find success

October 27, 2023WDRB

Labor Leaders Reintroduce Bill to Expand Training Opportunities for Disconnected Youth

September 15, 2023Education & the Workforce Committee Democrats

Disasters’ Great Divide: The inequitable toll of wildfires in Sonoma County

August 11, 2023The Sonoma Index-Tribune

25 Least Developed States in the USA

May 15, 2023Yahoo Finance

Face the Facts: Many Mayors Want Changes to Funding for Conn. Schools to Happen Faster

May 7, 2023NBC Connecticut

Hospital Expansion Planned in Queens ‘Trauma Desert’ Where Gunshot Victims Fare Worse

April 25, 2023The Trace

Congress Must Bolster Youth Employment Programs To Secure America’s Economic Future

April 24, 2023Center for American Progress

Jamaica Hospital to Expand Trauma Bays — a Lifeline for Queens Gunshot Victims

April 24, 2023THE CITY

Kern County colleges and libraries reach out to ‘disconnected youth’

September 30, 2022 — 23ABC

Generation COVID: Record Numbers of Youth Opt Out of College, Work

September 28, 2022 — Newsweek

As Louisville ‘disconnected youth’ numbers rise, groups offer help with education, career

July 15, 2022Louisville Courier Journal

Men—It’s your month to get checked out

June 6, 2022 — L’Observateur

To address the declining fortunes of the young, we need to go upstream

May 19, 2022 — Augusta Free Press

The Pandemic has Worsened Youth Disconnection, Exacerbated Inequality, Report Finds

April 5, 2022Marketplace

Californian’s overall well-being on the rise, but stark disparities continue

January 6, 2022 – KPBS

Portrait of Sonoma County delivers a mixed picture of health and well-being in the county

January 26, 2022Sonoma County Gazette

2021 Portrait of Sonoma County: Well-being study finds new successes, ongoing challenges along race, ethnicity, gender and geographic lines

January 26, 2022 — The Press Democrat

California’s racial inequality: What can state do with $31 billion?

December 29, 2021CalMatters

Ask the PAC: What’s ahead for the Petaluma Healthcare District?

December 16, 2021 — North Bay Business Journal

Health Disparities Continue to Impact Black Communities in California

December 14, 2021 — KQED

Together, the Houston High Students and Memphis’ Struggling Youths, can Boost Transit

December 3, 2021Memphis Commerical Appeal

California progress report reveals Asian, white success and Latino leap forward

November 23, 2021SF Examiner

Queens electeds are starting to look more like Queens

June 1, 2021 — City & State New York

Pharmacies Ask for Lots of Info to Book a COVID-19 Vaccine. What Happens to That Data?

April 16, 2021 — Consumer Reports

Youngest workers facing financial crisis

April 12, 2021 — Benefits Pro

Young Women Are Dropping Out of School and Work. Is Caregiving the Culprit?

April 8, 2021 — The New York Times

Out of Work, Taking on Care: Young Women Face Mounting Challenges in the “She-cession”

April 6, 2021 — Institute for Women’s Policy Research

Richards announces 110 new Queens community board members

April 6, 2021 — Queens Daily Eagle

OPINION: Keeping Our Graduates Connected Is Critical For Their Success

April 6, 2021 — Bkylner

New Orleans Will Give Unconditional Cash Payments To ‘Opportunity Youth’

April 2, 2021 — New Orleans Public Radio

Ensuring Health Data Collection Protects Patient Privacy, Equity

March 30, 2021 — Health IT Analytics

Inequalities in Louisiana have been exacerbated by COVID-19

February 16, 2021 — The Lens NOLA

Adults over 55 dominate Queens community boards, data shows

February 4, 2021 — Queens Daily Eagle

Racial, ethnic and gender disparities persist on every Queens community board. New applicants can change that

January 27, 2021 — Queens Daily Eagle

Louisiana by the numbers: Report outlines which parishes have best quality of life, what we can do to get better

December 31, 2020 — Monroe News-Star

Study: Well-being gaps between African Americans and whites are result of policy decisions

December 20, 2020 — The Shreveport Times

NYPD Cops Cash In on Sex Trade Arrests With Little Evidence, While Black and Brown New Yorkers Pay the Price

December 7, 2020 — ProPublica

Northeast Louisiana was suffering before the pandemic and is in more dire straits now

December 3, 2020 — Louisiana Illuminator

A Tale of Two Louisianas

November 19, 2020 — The Bayou Brief

New study highlights neighborhood disparities in Louisiana, Caddo Parish

November 18, 2020 — KSLA News 12

Research group wants Louisiana to treat internet access as a utility

November 17, 2020 — Daily Advertiser

‘Portrait Of Louisiana’ Shows Education Gap Persists Between Black And White Residents

November 16, 2020 — WWNO

Campbell reelection triggers “Measure of America”

November 14, 2020 — KTBS 3

CORONAVIRUS Study: Rural Georgia County Has Nation’s Highest Rate Of ‘Youth Disconnection’

August 15, 2020 — WABE

Black communities were forgotten during the recovery from the Great Recession. We can’t let that happen again.

July 25, 2020 — Business Insider

COVID-testing map reveals glaring gaps in hard-hit Queens neighborhoods

July 15, 2020 — Queens Daily Eagle

Mapping COVID in Queens: Testing expands but gaps remain in former crisis ‘epicenter’

July 7, 2020 — Queens Eagle

A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus

June 15, 2020 — Philanthropy News Digest

Today’s Buzz

June 15, 2020 — NYN First Read

New study: Native American youth most likely racial, ethnic group in US to be ‘disconnected’

June 11, 2020 — Great Falls Tribune

La pandemia amenaza el avance para conectar a jóvenes a estudios o trabajo

June 10, 2020 — El Diario

COVID-19 could devastate nation’s youth when it comes to school, work, new report finds

June 10, 2020 — Marketplace

Youth, Disconnected: Coronavirus Shutdown Leaves Some Behind

May 1, 2020 — Pew Charitable Trusts

New York Immigrant Communities Hit Hardest by the COVID-19 Pandemic, Data Shows

April 2, 2020 — Documented

America’s ‘financial satisfaction’ hits a 10-year high — with one glaring exception

January 22, 2020 — Market Watch

City Provides Paid Internships through Phoenix Youth R.I.S.E.

January 20, 2020 — AZEDNews

Amid disparities, applications open for Queens’ 14 community boards

January 14, 2020 — Queens Eagle

Be a voice for your neighborhood: CB applications now open

January 7, 2020 — Brooklyn Daily Eagle

The best New York political investigations of 2019

December 30, 2019 — City & State New York

Significant racial disparities affect every community board in Queens

December 20, 2019 — Queens Eagle

How We Reported on Gunshot Victims’ Access to Trauma Care

December 18, 2019 — SOURCE

Louisville’s $15 billion problem: 17,000 young people are out of school and out of work

December 11, 2019 — Louisville Courier Journal

Access To Child Services Linked To Race, Neighborhood And Income, Analysis Finds

December 5, 2019 — The City

How well does your community board represent the district? Not very.

November 26, 2019 — Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Queens Candidates’ Life or Death Call for More Trauma Care

October 22, 2019 — THE CITY, The Trace

Southeast Queens Gunshot Victims Are Likeliest To Die: Report

October 18, 2019 — Patch

Queens gunshot victims are more likely to die, analysis finds

October 17, 2019 — The New York Post

In New York, the Neighborhood You’re Shot in May Determine Whether You Survive

October 17, 2019 — The Trace

Newark Officials Said There Was No Lead In Schools’ Water, Data Shows Otherwise

October 8, 2019 — Gothamist

A Tale of Two City Council Districts: The Importance of Disaggregated Data to Accurately Measure SDGs in the United States

September 11, 2019 — Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

4.5 Million Young People Nationwide Are Not Working or in School. How Cities Are Working to Get Them Back on Track — & Avoid the School-to-Prison Pipeline

August 15, 2019 — The 74

Longer commutes could mean higher obesity rates, analysis show

August 1, 2019 — Brooklyn Daily Eagle

NYC’s Cooling Center Network Strands Nearly A Third Of City’s Seniors

July 19, 2019 — Gothamist

McDonald’s Youth Opportunity Program Engages Over 4,200 Chicago Youth

July 18, 2019 — Chicago Defender

Press Conference: Groundbreaking Investments in California’s Central Valley to Unleash Latino Civic and Economic Power to be Announced

July 18, 2019 — Business Wire

Provider shortages and geographic gaps plague the early intervention system for NYC’s youngest learners

June 18, 2019 — Chalkbeat

Little and Late Help for the Youngest New Yorkers

June 17, 2019 — The City

A Collaborative Response to Local Youth Facing Disconnection

June 7, 2019 — Columbia University

Here’s How We Can Boost Youth Employment

June 5, 2019 — OZY

Opportunity Summit 2019

May 30, 2019 — The San Diego Voice & Viewpoint

Can JCPS end a cycle of alternative school issues?

May 14, 2019 — Louisville Insight

Demanding equity: When do we stand up?

May 9, 2019 — Sonoma Valley Sun

San Diego Summit Aims to Connect Youth To Opportunities

May 2, 2019 — KPBS

‘Youth Disconnection’ Rate Down but Challenges Remain, Study Finds

April 26, 2019 — Philanthropy News Digest

The National Youth Disconnection Rate Continues To Fall, But Progress Has Slowed And The Rate For Black Youth Has Increased

April 25, 2019 — Yahoo Finance

Searching For Cuyahoga County’s “Disconnected Youth”

April 25, 2019 — ideastream

The Latino Community Foundation to Host 2019 Latino Policy Summit Calling on the Latino Community in California to Make Their Voices Heard in 2020

April 23, 2019 — BusinessWire

The cost of youth unemployment

April 4, 2019 — Marketplace

When Should The City Be Allowed To Take Your Home?

March 25, 2019 — Bklyner

Disconnected Youth an Opportunity

March 24, 2019 — The Ledger Independent

On the Hunt for Open Data

March 12, 2019 — Medium 

‘Disconnected Youth’ Is a Growing Crisis

February 28, 2019 — The Nation


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Sonoma County’s divided rooms

February 20, 2019 — Cloverdale Reveille

Jan. 24: DATA2GOHEALTH.NYC Webinar

January 24, 2019 — Measure of America and the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York present DATA2GOHEALTH.NYC in the webinar “Unlocking Potential: New Health-Related Data for Decision Making & Community Well-Being.” Click here to watch.

Latino businesses are often denied funding — here’s one possible reason

January 25, 2019 — MarketWatch

Keep Disconnected Youth on Track for Their Sake and the Economy’s

January 9, 2019 — YouthToday

Jan. 2: Measure of America at Brooklyn Borough Board Meeting

January 2, 2019 — Measure of America’s Rebecca Gluskin presents findings from A Portrait of NYC at a Brooklyn Borough Board meeting. Click here to watch.

Which Americans have improved their well-being most since 2008?

December 14, 2018 — MarketWatch

Latinos in U.S. See Surge in Well-Being

December 14, 2018 — U.S. News & World Report

Community partner resources

December 3, 2018 — Illinois State University News

UM-Dearborn Convenes Opportunity Youth Forum Nov. 16

October 18, 2018 —

Why youth are sitting out work, school focus of Friday forum at UM-Dearborn

November 14, 2018 — Crain’s Detroit Business

The Lingering Effects of Youth Experiencing Disconnection

October 18, 2018 — NextCity

For Immigrants, It’s Increasingly Home, Home In The ‘Burbs

October 10, 2018 — Urban Matters

America’s youngest working generation could become an economic powerhouse

October 10, 2018 — MarketWatch

KCRW Segment with MOA’s Kristen Lewis

October 10, 2018 — KCRW (NPR Los Angeles)

NPR Marketplace Interview with MOA’s Kristen Lewis

October 9, 2018 — NPR Marketplace

North Brooklyn Cops and Kids Bond Over NYPD’s Flag Football Initiative

October 5, 2018 — The Bushwick Daily

Hyatt Hotels Commit to Hiring 10,000 Opportunity Youth by 2025

October 1, 2018 — Odessa American Online

Working together 101: How academics and journalists can collaborate

August 27, 2018 — Reveal

Don’t believe the naysayers. California isn’t too big, too depopulated or too ungovernable

August 16, 2018 — Los Angeles Times

Harnessing the Power of Data: Stories from the Field & the Five Most Interesting Findings from “A Portrait of New York City 2018”

August 9, 2018 — Human Services Council and FPWA

Here’s How States Rank In Number Of At-Risk Youth

July 18, 2018 — Patch

Here’s How NC Ranks In Number Of At-Risk Youth

July 18, 2018 — Patch

The Latest

July 5, 2018 — New York Nonprofit Media

D.C. Central Kitchen will expand their services in response to youth crisis

June 28, 2018 — Patch

Digging Deeper to Focus on Solutions

June 28, 2018 — Digging Deeper to Focus on Solutions

Race, Gender & Salaries in NYC

June 18, 2018 — The Brian Lehrer Show – WNYC

Tailoring Reengagement Strategies For America’s ‘Opportunity Youth’

June 14, 2018 — CitiesSpeak

Center will provide second chance to young people adrift

June 9, 2018 — San Antonio Express-News

Atlanta job fair aims to show the power of an opportunity for younger workers

May 6, 2018 — CNBC

CBS News Radio Interview – Loneliness Study

May 1, 2018 — CBS News Radio

Young Americans are the loneliest, surprising study from Cigna shows

May 1, 2018 — USA Today

California not the model for America it thinks it is

April 28, 2018 — The San Bernardino Sun

Employers are offering jobs to struggling youths – if they can find a way to get there

April 24, 2018 — Commercial Appeal

America Is a Dangerous Place to Be a Kid

April 12, 2018 — The Nation

Indiana Among States With Shortest Life Expectancy

April 12, 2018 — WBIW

Great News For Californians When It Comes To Life Expectancy

April 6, 2018 — KSRO

Housing Matters: Chipping Away at School Segregation

March 31, 2018 — Norwood News

Five surprising takeaways from new data on youth disconnection in San Diego County

March 30, 2018 — San Diego Workforce Partnership

Facing dearth of skilled employees, STEMposium seeks to ‘light a fire’ in kids – especially girls

March 28, 2018 — The Bakersfield Californian

March 15: Opportunity Youth San Diego Webinar

March 15, 2018 — Webinar. Kristen Lewis participated in “New Data on Youth Disconnection: State of Opportunity Youth in San Diego County,” a webinar unveiling the latest numbers on disconnected youth in San Diego calculated by Measure of America. The data is part of a collaboration between the San Diego Workforce Partnership and Measure of America to assess youth disconnection, set goals and track progress in the county. You can watch the recorded webinar and see the slides. For more information on the effort to reduce youth disconnection in San Diego, visit

March 25: National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum 2018

March 25, 2018 — Washington, DC. Measure of America’s Sarah Burd-Sharps will speak at the National Association of Workforce Boards Annual Forum about Measure of America’s collaboration with the San Diego Workforce Partnership to address youth disconnection in San Diego. Click here for more information about the event.

March 19: National Reengagement Plus! Convening

March 19, 2018 — Philadelphia, PA. Co-director Kristen Lewis will speak about Measure of America’s latest disconnected youth research at the Philadelphia Youth Network’s sixth National Reengagement Plus! Convening. The convening is sponsored by the National League of Cities and will focus on strategies to reengage young people disconnected from school and work. Click here for more details on the event, and here to read MoA’s latest disconnected youth report and interact with the data.

Close to Home: How to turn around our failing system of health care

March 17, 2018 — The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Michigan should join 38 other states that register voters online

March 17, 2018 — Detroit Free Press

USA: Two economies, one nation

March 15, 2018 — CITY A.M.

March 6: MOA at NYC Open Data Week

March 6, 2018 — New York, NY. Co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps will participate in a panel organized by NYU’s GovLab for NYC’s Open Data Week, along with representatives from the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, Viacom, and the Sunlight Foundation. The “If You Build It, Will They Come? A Case for Demand-Driven Data” panel will discuss the demand for open data. Click here to find out more about the event.

Second Chances in the Era of the Jobless Future

March 5, 2018 — The Brooklyn Rail

Ka-Ching! 6 States With the Highest Average Income

February 28, 2018 — The Motley Fool

Californians Are Struggling to Pay for Rising Water Rates

February 27, 2018 — NewsDeeply

Californians struggle to pay for rising water prices

February 27, 2018 — The Weather Network

The life expectancy gap: Healdsburg highest, Russian River lowest

February 20, 2018 — Sonoma West Times & News

Business owners optimistic about future of Santa Rosa’s colorful Roseland district

February 4, 2018 — The Press Democrat

CommUNITY Mentoring seeks business mentors

February 2, 2018 — The Kent Island Bay Times and the Record-Observer

The Path of Opportunity, the Path of Despair: John King offers Urban Alliance a Tale of Two High Schools

February 1, 2018 — The 74

Letters to the Editor, Jan. 2 – 4

January 1, 2018 — The Sonoma Index-Tribune

In the new year, worry-free California has a lot to worry about

December 9, 2017 — The OC Register

Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

December 9, 2017 — Business Standard

NYC’s high school wars: Helicopter parenting hits a new peak

December 9, 2017 — Salon

Depression in late teens linked to high school drop out

December 8, 2017 — Reuters

Stark results revealed in LA well-being and equity report

December 3, 2017 — Famagusta Gazette

Gap of well-being in Los Angeles County striking: report

December 2, 2017 — Xinhua

Press Kit: The Opportunity Project

November 30, 2017 — Military Technology

Open data tools promote Census awareness

December 2, 2017 — FCW Magazine

From disconnection to opportunity: Zip Code Project aims to reconnect the ‘disconnected youth’ of Arizona

November 30, 2017 — Cronkite News

Audio: KNX Radio Segment, Portrait of LA County

November 30, 2017 — KNX 1070 CBS Los Angeles

Audio: KPCC Radio Segment, Portrait of LA County

November 30, 2017 — KPCC Southern California Public Radio

South Bay Singled Out In Report On Extreme Income Disparity

November 30, 2017 — Redondo Beach Patch

New Study Reveals Sharp Contrasts in County Income and Quality of Life

November 29, 2017 — Los Angeles Business Journal

Some L.A. County cities scored highest in U.S. for ‘well being’ while others scored among lowest in new study

November 29, 2017 — Pasadena Star-News

New Report Shows LA County Has Highest and Lowest Levels of Wealth in US

November 29, 2017 — NBC Los Angeles

New Portrait of County Reveals Five ‘LAs’ from ‘Glittering’ to ‘Precarious’

November 29, 2017 — Santa Clarita Valley TV News

L.A. County Has Highest and Lowest Levels of Wealth In U.S.

November 29, 2017 — Latino Easter Group Publications News

Nov. 29: DATA2GO.NYC Demo at the US Census Bureau

November 29, 2017 — Washington, DC. Measure of America will join other organizations using data to expand opportunity at the US Census Bureau’s Opportunity Project. MOA’s Laura Laderman will demo DATA2GO.NYC and discuss how the tool can help with outreach for Census 2020. Click here to watch live at noon!

Nov. 29: A Portrait of Los Angeles County Launch

November 29, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA. The Southern California Grantmakers will host an event to launch Measure of America’s latest well-being report, A Portrait of Los Angeles County. The event is open to the public, click here for more information!

Leon E. Panetta: National service and duty to country

November 25, 2017 — Santa Cruz Sentinel

Leon E. Panetta: National service and duty to country

November 25, 2017 — Monterey Herald

‘What We’re Hoping to Do Is Expose People to Global Approaches, Organizations’

November 17, 2017 — Youth Today

New York Times Highlights Nonprofits’ Value for Disconnected Youths

November 13, 2017 — Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofits Give ‘Disconnected’ Youths Another Chance

November 6, 2017 — The New York Times

Vigilance required for public pensions to reach full funding

October 27, 2017 — The Maui News

Can You Really Make Money While Doing Good?

October 25, 2017 — Marketplace

Malibu Life Expectancy Among Highest in LA County

October 22, 2017 — The Malibu Times

The state’s next governor should endorse New Mexico Development Accounts

October 15, 2017 — The Albuquerque Journal

Malibu real estate just got a new selling point — life expectancy

October 10, 2017 — The Real Deal

Disconnection in Michigan is still a community issue that needs to be addressed

October 4, 2017Michigan State University 

Malibu: Top 5 Longest Life Expectancies In LA County

October 4, 2017 — Malibu Patch

LA County Life Expectancy Report Shows Big Gap Between Communities

October 4, 2017 — Redondo Beach Patch

You could live 15 years longer depending on your neighborhood

October 4, 2017 — KPCC

Our schools are focused on filling colleges, not jobs. Here are some ideas to fix that.

September 29, 2017 — The News & Observer

Fay Jones School Hosts Cooper Hewitt Exhibition ‘By the People: Designing a Better America’ Through Dec. 16

September 7, 2017 — University of Arkansas Newswire

Food deserts limit access to healthy foods for low-income people

September 6, 2017 — Colorado Springs Independent

Skills gap cited as challenge for W.Va.

September 1, 2017 — The Huntington Herald Dispatch

Sept. 26: Portrait of Los Angeles County Sneak Peek

September 26, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA. Measure of America’s Kristen Lewis will present a sneak peek of our upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report at the Southern California Grantmakers annual conference. For more information, click here.

Sept. 20-21: Connection 2017 Experience

September 20-21, 2017 — Pittsburgh, PA. Measure of America’s Partnerships Specialist Vikki Lassiter will be a speaker at MANY’s Connection 2017 event, which brings together actors working to improve outcomes for youth from various sectors. Click here for more information and tickets, and here to see Vikki’s introduction.

Oct. 4: Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference

October 4, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA. Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps will participate in the Health, Wealth, and Housing: Promoting Cross-Sector Collaborations for Equity Conference hosted by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. Sarah will discuss the latest research and evidence-based strategies that move the needle on improving the quality of life for low-income families with other expert panelists.

W.Va. hopes tech-voc education will remedy skills gap, opioid crisis

August 14, 2017 — HR Dive

Seeing Hope for Flagging Economy, West Virginia Revamps Vocational Track

August 10, 2017 — The New York Times

Health disparity across Petaluma

August 7, 2017 — Petaluma Argus Courier

Forging Connection for Disconnected Youth

July 31, 2017 — Local Initiatives Support Corporation blog

Aug. 4: Philanthropy’s Impact in the Southwest: Strengthening Local Communities to Achieve Global Goals

August 4, 2017 — Albuquerque, NM. Measure of America’s co-director Kristen Lewis will be a speaker in a meeting about the role of philanthropy work in the Southwest in contributing to the universal Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) co-hosted by the Council on Foundations, Philanthropy Southwest, and Albuquerque Community Foundation. For more information, click here.

Hospital detachment eliminates river area advocacy job

July 25, 2017 — Sonoma West Times & News

Cottage Health Debuts Free Population Health Data Tools

July 22, 2017 — Noozhawk

Bank of America’s Student Leaders program connects community-minded teens to paid nonprofit internships and leadership development

July 22, 2017 — Valley News

Are Utah youth at risk?

July 20, 2017 — Deseret News Utah

Nearly Five Million Youth Are Out of School and Work. Here’s How Three Cities Are Planning to Reengage Them.

July 19, 2017 — CitiesSpeak

Career 360: An Employer-led Approach to Bridging the Opportunity Divide

Co-Authors: Corey Matthews, National Director of LeadersUp and Kristen Lewis, Co-Director, Measure of America

Charles Dickens wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” If you currently live in Chicago, you know what it feels like to be living a tale of two cities. On the one hand, the city boasts the third-largest metro economy in the United States. It is a global financial center, has a diverse industry base and numerous institutions of higher learning, and is home to the second-busiest airport in the world. It is also home to some of the most crime-ridden and impoverished neighborhoods in America. The city’s economic, racial, and social diversity is reflected in the marked disparities for opportunity youth—teens and young adults who disconnected from school and work—who live along the shores of Lake Michigan. Chicago struggles to address a myriad of persistent challenges in achieving educational, social, economic, and political equity. Through investments in system-level policy change is a story of national importance.  Indeed, Chicago is being closely watched by academic and policymaking organizations that are seeking to identify potential smart solutions to closing the opportunity divide in under-resourced urban communities.

Scholars, activists, influencers, and media personalities attest to the positive power of jobs in disrupting violence in Chicago’s impoverished neighborhoods – a claim that has been substantiated by academic studies. Jobs as a proposed solution makes good sense by all economic, political, and social standards; find ways for companies to hire young adults from Chicago’s toughest neighborhoods and the crime rate will go down. However, there is a disconnect in helping young adults find viable career opportunities with companies, even those that are sorely lacking the talent they need to meet workforce demands. Research suggests that for every 100 disconnected young adults, communities (can) lose up to 1.5 million dollars in social and economic gains. More than 150,000 of those young adults live in Chicagoland. Meanwhile, companies that comprise the transportation, distribution, and logistics sector, such as FedEx, UPS, and C.H. Robinson, are projected to grow by at least 4.8% within the next ten years—and they need employees. Bringing industry and these young adults together has tremendous potential as a win-win-win solution for employers, opportunity youth, and Chicagoland as a whole.

LeadersUp partnered with Measure of America, a research project of the Social Science Research Council, to stimulate a dialogue on how we can support young adults and link them to career opportunities in Chicago’s fractured neighborhoods. Youth disconnection research and data visualizations developed by Measure of America created a framework for the discussion based on the evidence and provided a common language to explore pathways for potential solutions. Together, we planned and facilitated an innovation lab to understand the challenges in connecting young adults from the toughest neighborhoods to industry with a high demand for entry-level to middle-skill talent.

The goal was to identify, quantify, and clarify issues impacting vulnerable young adults—among them youth who are single parents, are homeless, have limited skills, and are involved with the justice system—and work with 35 representatives from community colleges, industry representatives, human resources professionals, and vital community organizations to find concrete, actionable ways to connect youth to secure career pathways.

The overarching barriers included a lack of trust between youth and employers, a perceived lack of transparency around hiring decisions, and perceived system-level biases. A report prepared after the innovation lab highlights our findings and presents recommendations for practitioners, policymakers, system leaders, employers, community colleges, and other stakeholders to repair trust among young adults and communicate the promise and potential of career pathways within the transportation, distribution, and logistics Industry.

LeadersUp Career 360 is a new multi-level and cross-sectoral experience designed to connect industry to young adult talent through career pathway development and career exploration. Click here to see a recap of the Career 360 Innovation Session that lead to the findings in this report.

We hope the report will serve as call to action for other communities to engage diverse stakeholders, including young adults, to develop meaningful solutions to reconnect young people and prevent future disconnection.




Redwood Empire Food Bank to offer pantry program at Roseland Elementary

July 17, 2017 — The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

July 12: Bringing Education Home: Affordable Housing and Education Summit

July 12, 2017 — Washington, D.C. Measure of America’s Vikki Lassiter will speak at Bringing Education Home: Affordable Housing and Education Summit, hosted by the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA). The summit brings together experts and senior staff from the nation’s largest public housing authorities with the goal of foster peer-to-peer problem-solving, sharing of best practices, and networking.

Nearly one year on, Brooklyn neighborhood known as K2 zombie zone shows signs of change

June 28, 2017 — PIX 11

Temecula Student To Spend Summer Helping Others Through Prestigious Program

June 27, 2017 —

Is North Carolina the Future of American Politics?

June 20, 2017 — The New York Times

Queen Creek’s Rangel one of five students honored by Bank of America

June 19, 2017 — Queen Creek Independent

Editorial: Leadership in the Springs

June 1, 2017 — The Sonoma Valley Sun

May 25: County of Los Angeles 2017 Leadership Conference

May 25, 2017 — Los Angeles, CA. Measure of America co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps participated in the County of Los Angeles’ 2017 Commissioners’ Leadership Conference, Embracing a Changing Demography as a speaker. Sarah presented the upcoming Portrait of Los Angeles County report to the County’s public policy community. The program booklet and a video of Sarah’s presentation are available online.

A Huge Dallas Fair Offers Jobs To Unemployed Youth — And A Chance Out Of Poverty

May 23, 2017 — KERA News

College-going rate tilts in right direction

May 9, 2017 — The Beckley Register-Herald 

The Broken Promises of Choice in New York City Schools

May 5, 2017 — The New York Times

The Broken Promise of Choice in New York City

May 8, 2017 — Diane Ravitch’s blog

Scandalously Wide Graduation Gaps for Students with Disabilities Persist

May 8, 2017 — Nonprofit Quarterly

New York City Schools Teach Us about Choice

May 8, 2017 — Nonprofit Quarterly

Jail fees pile up for Sonoma County juvenile offenders

May 6, 2017 — The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

NYC’s School Choice Program Hasn’t Closed the Education Gap

May 5, 2017 — WNYC

Extreme academic sorting brings vastly different graduation rates in New York City high schools

May 5, 2017 — Chalkbeat

No longer a strictly urban problem, “disconnected youth” populations explode in rural areas

May 2, 2017 — High Plains Public Radio

‘Disconnected’ Young People

April 29, 2017 — The Longview News-Journal

Rising numbers of rural youth are unemployed and out of school, and it’s costing all of us

April 28, 2017 — PBS NewsHour

Disconnected Youth: Out of School and Out of Work in Rural America

April 27, 2017 — The Huffington Post

Apr. 19: Career360 Innovation Session

April 19, 2017 — Chicago, IL. Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis facilitated LeadersUp’s Career360 Innovation Session, a day-long convening of young adults, employers and community partners to brainstorm new solutions to help disconnected young adults achieve workforce readiness in Chicago. Kristen presented Measure of America’s latest findings on youth disconnection and led the group discussions. Read the white paper synthesizing the day’s findings here, and watch a video of the innovation session here.

Young and out of work? Dallas job fair targets unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds

April 18, 2017 — Dallas News

Coalition of Top U.S. Companies to Host Texas’ Largest Opportunity Youth Hiring Fair on May 19

April 18, 2017 — 100,000 Opportunities Initiative

Social Science Research Council to Develop New Interactive Site for NYC Metro Area Health Data

April 17, 2017 — The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

There are more 16-to-24-year-olds not working or in school in San Diego than you might think

April 14, 2017 — The San Diego Union-Tribune

Report: 43,000 Young People Not Working Or Going To School In San Diego County

April 12, 2017 — KPBS

How Phoenix stopped being worst in the country for teens

April 7, 2017 — The Arizona Republic

Report: Poverty Plagues Thousands Of Louisville Children

March 29, 2017 — WFPL

Let’s Add Some Nuance to the ‘Two Americas’ Narrative

March 24, 2017 — New York Magazine

Mar. 28: Opening Doors for Youth Act Event

March 28, 2017 — Washington, D.C. Congressman Bobby Scott will host Opening Doors for Youth:
Investments in Employment Opportunities for Opportunity Youth Are Investments in Our Communities and Our Nation, a discussion with youth, community leaders, advocates, and experts about the Opening Doors for Youth Act, which would expand federal investment to maintain youth connected to school and work. Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis will participate as a panelist and discuss the latest data and findings on youth disconnection. To RSVP, click here.

Discussing Disconnected Youth Data and Reengagement Strategies

March 18, 2017 — The Annie E. Casey Foundation Blog

Disconnected youth: Growing up jobless and rootless in rural America

March 9, 2017 — Yahoo News

The Demographics of Disconnected Youth

March 8, 2017 — U.S. News & World Report

Mar. 30: Webinar on New Youth Disconnection Report

March 26, 2016 — New York, NY. Measure of America and the National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education, and Families will host a joint webinar on MOA’s latest youth disconnection report. The expert panel in “Moving the Needle on Youth Disconnection: Insights from Measure of America’s New Report: ‘Promising Gains, Persistent Gaps: Youth Disconnection in America’” will feature MOA co-directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, as well as NLC YEF Institute’s Director of Youth and Young Adult Connections, Andrew Moore. You can click here for more details, and register here.

Free Online Data Tools Provide Powerful Statistics for Funding Applications

March 1, 2017 — Family & Youth Services Bureau

Job fair aims to pair ‘disconnected’ youth with employment, education

February 23, 2017 — Arizona Central

Brooklyn Community Services Produces Short Documentary Video “Breaking the Stigma of Mental Illness”

February 15, 2017 — Benzinga 

Demography In Action: Auspicious Developments

February 6, 2017 — The Broadsheet

Brooklyn Community Services Explores Gentrification with “The Forgotten Farragut” – A Short Documentary Video

February 3, 2017 — Benzinga 

Restaurants role in saving youth and communities

January 19, 2017 — Delaware Online

Health Literacy: Sonoma County Library has your health in mind with comprehensive program

January 18, 2017 — North Bay Bohemian

New figures show county falls short on opportunity

January 12, 2017 — Yamika Herald

Connecting the Dots Towards Well-Being

January 9, 2017 — Meeting of the Minds

Good news and happy thoughts

January 6, 2017 — The Sonoma County Sun

A healthy 2017 for everyone in Sonoma County

January 1, 2017 — The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Audio: ‘By the People’ Showcases Sustainable Design in America, The Leonard Lopate Show

December 21, 2016 — WNYC

Where Washington’s opportunity is growing — and stalled

December 20, 2016 — The Seattle Times

White Resentment on the Night Shift at Walmart

December 17, 2016 — The New York Times

Demography In Action: The Kids Are All Right

December 14, 2016 — The Broadsheet

Vermont #1, but nation’s ‘Opportunity Score’ stalls

December 14, 2016The Vermont Business Magazine

After Five Years of Progress, Nation’s Opportunity Score Stalls

December 13, 2016Yahoo Finance

American Opportunity Stalls: ‘We’re Not as Connected to Each Other’

December 13, 2016 — The Wall Street Journal

Does Mass. still have one of the highest life expectancies in US?

December 8, 2016The Boston Globe 

More Americans have jobs, yet inequality is increasing nationally

December 8, 2016The Huffington Post

Santa Rosa program helps Latinos battle diabetes, heart disease

November 30, 2016The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Island veterans offered new hope for jobs, education

November 20, 2016 —

Addressing the Achievement Gap in Our Schools

October 22, 2016The Sonoma County Gazette

$350,000 grant will help prepare disconnected youth for careers

October 17, 2016The Arizona Education News Service

The Power of Opportunity: An Interview with Alan Khazei

September 29, 2016The Huffington Post

2016 Summit precedes historic Census news; encouraging movement in Congress

September 29, 2016The Huffington Post

Get fit, healthy for free at Sonoma County libraries

September 28, 2016The Santa Rosa Press Democrat

Young and Adrift: Measuring Youth Disconnection in America Today

September 26, 2016The Huffington Post

A picture worth examining

September 21, 2016 — Lagniappe Weekly

Sept. 30: Measure of America at the Smithsonian

September 30 through February 26, 2017 — Measure of America work will be featured in the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum’s third exhibition in a series about socially responsible design, “By the People: Designing a Better America”. The exhibition will delve into the challenges that urban, suburban, and rural communities face and feature 60 design projects, including MOA’s interactive data visualization, “Mapping the Measure of America”, which was designed by longtime MOA collaborator, the artist and designer Rosten Woo. For more info, click here.

The Best and Worst States for Health Care

September 12, 2016 — Pharmacy Times

Our opportunity nation

September 9, 2016The Boston Globe

Tech Training Program Reaches Out to ‘Opportunity Youth’

August 22, 2016 — Youth Today

Starbucks Brings Job-Training Program to Phoenix to Re-Engage ‘Disconnected Youth’

August 22, 2016Phoenix New Times

How To Address the 14% of Young People Who Neither Work Nor Attend School

August 16, 2016The Rivard Report

Young Atlantans Get a Jump-Start to Tech Jobs

August 11, 2016Next City

The Jewish Community Federation Launches Seminal Bay Area-wide Jewish Community Study

August 2, 2016Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco

Whole Foods and Whole People: Detroit Food Academy Helps Kids Develop More Than Job Skills

July 28, 2016Youth Today

Teens Need Jobs, Too

July 27, 2016 — The Detroit News

7 Steps Philanthropy Can Take to Bring the SDGs Home to America

July 19, 2016Huffington Post

Opening Doors for Disconnected Youth in Philly

July 12, 2016Next City

County’s Food Action Plan is Failing to Address Inequality

July 12, 2016Sonoma Sun

Cities With the Most Idle Youth

June 25, 201624/7 Wall Street

Why U.S. Foundations Should Take the Global Sustainable Development Goals Seriously

June 21, 2016Philanthropy New York

Queens Graduation Rates Are High, Says DOE

June 15, 2016Queens Gazette

Dissatisfaction With Malloy, Life In Connecticut Hit Record Lows in Poll

June 9, 2016Hartford Courant

Chattanooga Nonprofit Packs Out Job Fair to Make Dent in High Percentage of Disconnected Youth

June 6, 2016Chattanooga Times Free Press

Does School Choice Help Close the Graduation Gap?

May 26, 2016 The Progressive

High Schoolers in Northeast Queens are Third Most Likely to Graduate On Time in NYC

May 12, 2016QNS

Time to Reform Universal High School Choice

May 11, 2016NY Slant

Study: Poverty Plays Big Role in City Grad Rate Gaps

May 11, 2016NY1

New York City Families Spend Millions of Hours Choosing High Schools, and Students from Poor Neighborhoods Finish Last: Report

May 11, 2016Chalkbeat

New Study Finds Where You Live Impacts Your Graduation Rate

May 11, 2016News PIX 11

School Choice Hasn’t Fixed Graduation-Rate Inequity in N.Y.C., Study Says

May 11, 2016Education Week

Study Shows Huge Neighborhood Disparities In NYC HS Graduation Rates

May 11, 2016Gothamist

Your Neighborhood Determines Your Child’s High School Grad Rate, Study Says

May 11, 2016DNAinfo

These Neighborhoods Have the Best HS Graduation Rates

May 11, 2016New York Post

The Problem That School Choice Has Not Solved

May 11, 2016The Washington Post

NYC Students More Likely to Graduate High School On Time if They Live in Wealthier Neighborhoods

May 11, 2016 New York Daily News

New York City’s Stubborn Graduation Gaps

May 10, 2016 — The Wall Street Journal

Phoenix Leaders Call On Businesses, Nonprofits To Hire Young Interns

April 21, 2016KJZZ

Cooper Hewitt to Present “By the People: Designing a Better America”

April 19, 2016Cooper Hewitt

Finding Consensus on How to Measure Progress Against Poverty and Inequity

April 14, 2016Humanosphere

New Phoenix High School for Opportunity Youth Breaks Ground Thursday

April 6, 2016Arizona Education News

Will Local Voters Support a Tax for Universal Preschool?

April 5, 2016 The Press Democrat

With Nuisance Laws, Has “Serve and Protect” Turned Into “Silence and Evict”?

March 25, 2016 MSNBC

Council Member Cornegy to Hold State of the District Address in Crown Heights

March 18, 2016 The Brooklyn Reader

Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Will Help Dropouts in Violence-Plagued Chicago Find Jobs

March 17, 2016 Los Angeles Times

Secretary Arne Duncan Joins Emerson Collective to Help Disconnected Youth in Chicago

March 17, 2016 Emerson Collective

America’s Promise Alliance Welcomes Measure of America

March 15, 2016 America’s Promise Alliance

Smog Rejoices as Republicans Take LA’s Top Air Quality Agency

March 11, 2016 Wired

12 Data Tools to Help Americans Climb the Economic Ladder

March 8, 2016 CityLab

The Economic Divide Comes to Sonoma County

February 29, 2016 The Press Democrat

Memphis FAFSA Drive Seeks to Build City’s College-going Culture

February 4, 2016 Chalkbeat Tennessee

The War in San Bernardino

January 31, 2016 Bloomberg View

Serfs Up with California’s New Feudalism

January 31, 2016 The Orange County Register

Phoenix Offers Free Diploma Program for High School Dropouts

January 29, 2016 The Arizona Republic

Report: BX neighborhoods lead in NYC jail rates

January 21, 2016 News 12: The Bronx

New Website Shows Crotona Park East and Morrisania in the Bronx Have City’s Highest Rate of Jailed Residents

January 19, 2016 New York Daily News

Trump Wants To ‘Make America Great Again,’ But What Does That Really Mean?

Jan 15, 2016 WBUR: Cognoscenti

DATA2GO.NYC Visualization Challenge

January 7, 2016 Dexigner

Report: Opportunities Sluggish in Region; Behind State, National Levels

December 31, 2015 The Utica Observer-Dispatch

Poverty Increasing for Latinos in Sonoma County

December 28, 2015 The Press Democrat

Merced Climbs List of ‘Best-performing Cities,’ Research Firm Says

December 22, 2015 Merced Sun-Star

How to close NYC’s lifespan gap? The answer may surprise you

December 18, 2015 Crain’s New York Business

Mapping Our Community: Youth, Education, and the Labor Force

December 17, 2015 Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia

Charting New Pathways Out of Poverty

December 14, 2015 Stanford Social Innovation Review

Race, Class, and Health in the 21st Century

December 10, 2015 National Review

You Could Win $2,000 for Playing Around with this Data Map

December 9, 2015 BrickUnderground

Philly Fed’s Harker: Raise Interest Rates; Growth to be Modest; Maybe Hidden

December 4, 2015

Connecticut Ranks 3rd In ‘Opportunity Index’

December 1, 2015 Hartford Courant

From Foreclosure to Homelessness, Now You Can Map NYC’s Problems

December 1, 2015 City Limits

Let’s Do More To Connect With Youth

November 27, 2015 WBUR: Learning Lab

Close to Home: Addressing Disparities in Our Local Schools

November 12, 2015 The Press Democrat

Top Cities for Asians, Blacks and Latinos for High-Paying Work

November 9, 2015 National Journal

Expand Opportunity for ‘Disconnected Youth’ in Iowa

November 7, 2015 The Des Moines Register

New Momentum Enabling an Outcomes Mindset in Government and the Social Sector

November 6, 2015 The White House

Starbucks Brings National Job Push for Millennials to Phoenix

October 30, 2015 The Arizona Republic

Track Income, Crime, Rents, and More With the NYC Data Map to End All Data Maps

October 29, 2015 BrickUnderground

ASU, Partners Team Up to Bring Jobs to Underemployed Youth

October 29, 2015 ASU News

New City Data Portal Highlights Inequality, Opportunities

October 28, 2015 Politico New York

This Map Breaks Down NYC’s Quality of Life, Block By Block

October 28, 2015 Bedford+Bowery

Starbucks Youth Jobs Initiative Comes to Phoenix

October 22, 2015 ABC15 Phoenix

Companies Target Phoenix’s “Disconnected Youth” Population at Job Fair

October 22, 2015 Cronkite News

Congressman Ruben Gallego’s Phoenix District Has Nation’s Highest Rate of Unemployed, Not-in-School Youth

October 22, 2015 Phoenix New Times

Florida Needs to Address its Deficit in Providing Opportunity

October 15, 2015 Orlando Sentinel

When It Comes To Economic Opportunity, It Can Depend On Your ZIP Code

October 14, 2015 KERA News

Opportunity Index Details County’s Shortcomings

October 12, 2015 The Brownsville Herald

Good News, Bad News for Cameron County: Opportunity Index Shows County’s Ups and Downs

October 11, 2015 Valley Morning Star

How Cities are Changing Their Thinking on Disconnected Youth

October 8, 2015 Living Cities

Vermont Still Ranks First, but US ‘Opportunity’ Shows Increasing Poverty, Income Inequality

October 6, 2015 Vermont Business Magazine

Want to Get Ahead? Live in the Right ZIP Code

October 6, 2015 CBS News

Opportunity Varies by Region in MD

October 6, 2015 The Baltimore Sun

Study: R.I. Trails N.E. States in Opportunity Index

October 6, 2015 Providence Journal

R.I. Improves to No. 25 on National Opportunity Index

October 6, 2015 Providence Business News

Building Community Through Family

October 2, 2015 Sonoma Valley Sun

Starbucks-Coalition to Target Phoenix Jobless Youth

September 17, 2015 USA Today

School for ‘Disconnected Youth’ May Come to South Phoenix

September 11, 2015 The Arizona Republic

The Lingering Recession

September 6, 2015 The Journal Gazette

Connecting Disconnected Youth

September 4, 2015 Huffington Post

The Death of the Summer Job

September 1, 2015 The Takeaway

Nancy Called 911 On Her Abuser — Then Got Evicted For It

September 1, 2015 Refinery 29

ACLU of Arizona Sues City of Surprise Over an Ordinance That’s Pretty Terrible to Domestic Violence Victims

August 28, 2015 Tuscon Weekly

New Orleans’ Switch to Charter Schools After Katrina: a ‘Takeover’ or a Success?

August 27, 2015 The Guardian

The Myth of the New Orleans School Makeover

August 22, 2015 The New York Times

‘Disconnected Youth’ Rates Have Declined Since the Great Recession, Principally Among Hispanics

August 18, 2015 Latin Post

Starbucks Founder Brews Up a Winner With Hiring Pledge

August 15, 2015 Providence Journal

SV Fund Sets Grant Info Meeting

August 13, 2015 Sonoma Index-Tribune

CEOs Promise All-in Commitment to Cut Youth Unemployment

August 13, 2015 USA Today

12 Major Companies Join Starbucks 100,000 Youth Jobs Push

August 4, 2015 USA Today

Teens For Hire: The Decline in Summer Jobs

August 3, 2015 NPR: The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Sonoma Valley Fund Rolls Out New Grants Program

August 2, 2015 Sonoma Valley Sun

Special Report: Disconnected Youth in Kern County

July 29, 2015 CBS Bakersfield

Report: Chattanooga Area is High in ‘Disconnected Youth’

July 25, 2015 Chattanooga Times Free Press

Starbucks Leads Initiative to Hire 100,000 Young Minority American Workers

July 17, 2015 Asian Journal

One Major Missing Link to Solving Youth Unemployment: Corporations

July 16, 2015 The Atlantic: CityLab

Coalition of 17 Major Companies Commits to Hiring Disconnected Youths

July 14, 2015 The Denver Post

American Corporations Like Starbucks, Wal-Mart Promise to Help Unemployed Young People

July 13, 2015

Starbucks is Rounding Up Employers to Hire America’s ‘Lost Generation’

July 13, 2015 The Washington Post

US big businesses to hire 100,000 young people under Starbucks CEO plan

July 13, 2015 The Guardian

Starbucks-led Coalition Commits to Hiring 100,000 Disconnected Youth

July 13, 2015 USA Today

Connecting Young People With Jobs

July 13, 2015 The New York Times

Close to Home: A Token Living Wage Ordinance for County

July 11, 2015 The Press Democrat

Closing Baltimore’s ‘Opportunity Deficit’

July 10, 2015 The Baltimore Sun

The Numbers Crunch: Once Youths Go Off Track, It’s Hard to Get Back On

July 10, 2015 The Sacramento Bee

1 in 6 Latino Youths “Disconnected” from Work, School

July 10, 2015 Hola! Arkansas

Blueprint For Prosperity: Mayor Wharton Works To Reduce Memphis Poverty

July 9, 2015 Fox Memphis

A Mismatch Between Need and Affluence

July 8, 2015 The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Tobacco Retail Licensing (TRL) Ordinances Protect the Health of Our Youth

July 8, 2015 Sonoma County Gazette

Nashville’s Lost Generation Misses Out on Economic Boon

July 6, 2015 The Tennessean

Reconnecting Youth in America’s Cities

July 2, 2015 Stanford Social Innovation Review

Salvation Army in Los Banos to launch GED program

July 2, 2015 Merced Sun-Star

Community Action from Shared Understanding: A Case Study in Sonoma County

June 30, 2015 Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Neighborhoods: Stepping Stones or Millstones for Kids

June 30, 2015 Huffington Post

For Black Homeowners, Great Recession Has Not Receded

June 30, 2015 New Pittsburgh Courier

Editorial: Disconnected Youth

June 25, 2015 — Houston Chronicle

The Progress We’ve Made Is Vulnerable, Unless We Act to Protect Future Generations

June 24, 2015 The Huffington Post

Inside the “Portrait of Sonoma County”

June 24, 2015 KRCB

Whites Recovered from Recession Faster Than Blacks: Report

June 23, 2015 MSNBC

Great Recession Placed Black Homeowners At ‘Severe’ Economic Disadvantage

June 23, 2015 Tuscon Weekly

Black Homeowners Were Grievously Damaged by the Recession

June 23, 2015 Gawker

Don’t Forget, One State Still Has the Confederate Battle Flag on Its Official State Flag

June 22, 2015 News.Mic

The Cost of Letting Young People Drift

June 20, 2015 The New York Times

How America Is Failing Its Youth

June 18, 2015 The Huffington Post

Report: Memphis Youth Most Frequently Not in School or Working

June 17, 2015 Chalkbeat Tennessee

14% of Louisville’s Young People Are Unemployed and Not in School, Study Says

June 17, 2015 WFPL

Memphis has Highest Percentage of ‘Disconnected Youth’ in Nation

June 16, 2015 The Commercial Appeal

Mapping Where America Is Failing Its Youth

June 16, 2015 The Atlantic: CityLab

Morning Education Roundup

June 16, 2015 Politico

How The Disadvantages Caused By Residential Segregation End Up Costing Billions

June 12, 2015 Forbes

No Job, No School: Report Looks At ‘Disconnected’ Youths And Finds Good Things In Connecticut

June 12, 2015 Hartford Courant

Jóvenes Desconectados: un fenómeno social que también afecta a los latinos de Houston

June 11, 2015 La Voz de Houston

Bakersfield Home to Large Population of ‘Disconnected Youth’

June 11, 2015 KQED

‘Youth disconnection’ Varies Widely in State

June 11, 2015 The Sacramento Bee

Disconnected: 1 in 5 Black Youths neither Working nor in School

June 11, 2015 CNN Money

How America’s Cities ‘Disconnect’ Youth

June 11, 2015 The Atlantic

Nearly 1 in 6 Latino Youths “Disconnected” From Work, School: Report

June 10, 2015 NBC News

Two Americas: A Better Way To Measure How We Are Really Doing

June 4, 2015 WBUR: Cognoscenti

Practical Strategies for Building a Bigger Tent

June 2, 2015 The Huffington Post

Sonoma County Funds First 5 Preschool Program

May 21, 2015 Sonoma County Gazette

What is Sonoma Valley’s Future?

May 21, 2015 Sonoma Index-Tribune

Rep. Issa Says America’s Poor Are “Envy of the World”; Must Be Proud of California’s

May 12, 2015 AllGov California

How Latinos’ Health Thrives Despite Persistence Of Poverty

May 6, 2015 La Voz de Houston

California: The Nation’s Most Unequal State

May 5, 2015 CNN Money

NYC Fares Better Than Nation In Infant Mortality Rates

May 5, 2015 amNewYork

Rural Lags in ‘Well Being’, Says New Study

May 4, 2015 The Daily Yonder

The Quality of Life

May 1, 2015 Valley Morning Star

Study: Connecticut Is The Best State

April 30, 2015 Hartford Courant

When it Comes to Well-Being, Seattle’s Doing Pretty Well

April 29, 2015 Curbed Seattle

The Well-Being Of All 436 U.S. Congressional Districts, Mapped And Indexed

April 29, 2015 Fast Company

Lancastrians Live Five Years Longer Than Most Philadelphians

April 27, 2015 LancasterOnline

Maine’s 2nd District Lags Behind the 1st—and the U.S.—On Social Measures

April 27,

More Than Quarter of Adults In Jefferson and St. Lawrence Counties Smokers

April 25, 2015WWNY-TV

Want to Live Longer? Move to Lancaster

April 24, 2015Philadelphia Magazine

How’s the Economy In Your Corner of America?

April 24, 2015Wall Street Journal

‘Geographies of Opportunity’ Study Ranks U.S. Congressional Districts

April 24, 2015KJZZ

In S.F., the Good Times Roll—Right Over the Unlucky

April 24, 2015San Francisco Chronicle

Latinos Boost Life Expectancy Rates In Congressional Districts According To Study

April 23, 2015San Antonio Express-News

The Geography of Well-Being

April 23, 2015The Atlantic

Education’s Tie to Overall Well-being Is Pretty Clear In These Texas Maps

April 23, 2015Houston Chronicle

Capital Data: Well-Being in New York’s Congressional Districts

April 23, 2015Capital New York

If You Live In One of 3 N.J. Congressional Districts, You’re Near the Top of This Well-Being Chart

April 22,

The South Is Not Rising Again

April 22, 2015U.S. News and World Report

Measure of America Releases New Human Development Report on U.S. Congressional Districts

April 22, 2015United Ways of California

Eastern Massachusetts Beats Out West in Human Development, Nationwide Study Says

April 22, 2015MassLive

The Overwhelming Whiteness of America’s Unhealthiest Place

April 22, 2015The Washington Post

A Look At How You’re Doing Based On Where You Vote

April 22, 2015Marketplace Morning Report

Growing Inequity Visible in Merced County, Report Shows

April 2, 2015Merced Sun-Star

On Campus: Central Valley Needs More Grads, Good Jobs to Keep Them Here

April 1, 2015The Modesto Bee

Waiting for Daniel

April 1, 2015National Journal

Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) Redistricting

March 22, 2015Sonoma County Gazette

What If Education Reform Got It All Wrong in the First Place?

March 18, 2015 Pacific Standard

Southeast Santa Rosa Meets Southwest!

March 14, 2015 Santa Rosa Southeast Greenway

Why Health Data Matters: A User’s Perspective

March 11, 2015

West Virginians Look Toward The Sun, Say No To Coal, Fracking

February 19, 2015 MintPress News

White People Are Far More Likely to Get a Loan and Own a Home in Los Angeles

February 9, 2015 Curbed LA

North-South Divide Profound in S.B. Well-Being Study

February 8, 2015 Santa Barbara Independent

Domestic Violence: Silence is its Greatest Ally

February 3, 2015 The Huffington Post

Sonoma County – Update on NOW 2015 State of the County

February 1, 2015 Sonoma County Gazette

A Refreshing Outlook for Sonoma County

January 23, 2015The Press Democrat

The States of Our Union … Are Not All Strong

January 20, 2015Politico Magazine

Portrait of Lower Russian River Community Health and Well-being

January 7, 2015Sonoma County Gazette

Close to Home: Resolved: Support the Community

December 28, 2014The Press Democrat

Closing The Data Loop

December 16, 2014Markets for Good

‘First Look’: New Report on Kern Shows Areas for Improvement but also Provides Solutions

December 15, 2014 — The Bakersfield Californian

Well-being: How Does San Diego Measure Up?

December 15, 2014U-T San Diego

Sonoma County Supervisors to Weigh Preschool Expansion

December 13, 2014The Press Democrat

The Five Californias Revisited

December 13, 2014The Madera Tribune

California’s Future Hinges On Latinos’ Well-Being: Report

December 12, 2014NBC News

Los Angeles is the Most Unequal Place in California

December 11, 2014 — LA Curbed

Residents in Southwest, North Long Beach Earn Less Than Eastsiders, Study Finds

December 11, 2014Orange County Register

Measure of America’s A Portrait of California 2014–2015

 December 10, 2014 — The California Endowment

Whites Earn Twice as Much as Latinos in L.A.

December 10, 2014 — LA Weekly

Latinos Get Lowest “Well-Being” Score In California

December 9, 2014BuzzFeedNews

Measuring Human Progress

December 9, 2014Stanford Social Innovation Review

Arizona Organizations Work To Reduce The Number Of Disconnected Youth In The Valley

December 3, 2014KJZZ

Data Tools for Policymaking: The Opportunity Index

November 18, 2014The Progressive Pulse, North Carolina Policy Watch

ICAN Addressing Homeless Youth Education in Chandler

November 17, 2014The Arizona Republic

Zane Delivers Health Action Report to Rohnert Park

November 7, 2014The Community Voice

Phoenix Out to Reduce Economic, Human Cost of Disconnected Youth

October 23, 2014Cronkite News

10 Best & Worst States for Education – Is Yours on the List?

October 22, 2014The Stir

These Are The States Where Kids Have The Best Opportunities In Education

October 21, 2014The Huffington Post

Opportunity Increases Nationwide Since 2011, Yet Many Americans Are Still Left Behind

October 20, 2014Digital Journal

Educational Opportunities Grow, But Millions Still Out of School, Out of Work

October 20, 2014US News

Microsoft CEO Apologizes for Gender Pay Gap Comments

October 10, 2014 — CNBC

Campaign to “Fight for $15!” in Sonoma County

October 3, 2014 — Sonoma County Gazette

Nonprofits Can Use ‘Portrait of Sonoma’ to Paint a New Future

October 2, 2014 Sonoma Valley Sun

Blueprint Sought to Address Disparities for Latino Community

October 2, 2014The Press Democrat

Why Don’t People Move for Better Opportunities?

September 30, 2014The Washington Post

Editorial: Behind the Valley ‘Portrait’

September 26, 2014Sonoma Index-Tribune


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MOAB is a few things. It’s a place in Utah known for views like this one, “Fisher Towers at sunset”, and for some vicious mountain biking. It’s also known in the historical record as a strip of mountainous terrain in Jordan. This is a stretch but we’re gonna do it anyway: introduce our own MOAB, the Measure of America Blog. A pretty decent set of inspirations as we explore the landscape of human well-being in America, tracking the highs and lows… err.. no. Promise, we won’t stretch it too far.

What is Measure of America?

Measure of America, a project of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), provides easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America. Measure of America’s mission is to tell the story of how American people are doing, not just how the economy is doing. We use publicly available U.S. Census data to measure human well-being on a simple 10-point scale.

The concept underlying our work is called Human Development. The late economist Mahbub ul Haq, working with Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen developed the idea in response to government reliance on the commonly used measure of gross domestic product (GDP). They demonstrated that not only that GDP was an inadequate proxy for well-being, but also that attaching such outsized importance to it encouraged governments to measure, value, and even do the wrong things.

A New Way To Measure Progress: The Human Development Approach

A New Way To Measure Progress: The Human Development Approach

The resulting Human Development Index, is known as the gold standard for measuring the well-being of large population groups and a proven vehicle for change the world over. The Index was adapted for use in the US as the American Human Development Index. We just call it The HD Index.

For starters to understand how it works, consider this: GDP, or market activity, rose by more than $10 trillion over the past half-century, a nearly five-fold increase. In the same period, the American HD Index value tripled, representing important progress but considerably less than GDP growth.

GDP and Human Development

GDP and Human Development: Important progress on both fronts, but PEOPLE lag considerably.

Income inequality is all over the headlines, but it’s clear that income and other money metrics, such as GDP, only tell a small part of the story. Measure of America brings the whole picture to light in three categories: education, health and the ability to earn a decent living. We then break it down to understand what’s happening in each of those areas and why. Too much to tell in one blog post. A good place to start from here is our signature report: Measure of America.


What Real Inequality Looks Like [Or…Tell Us Where You Were Born And we’ll tell you how long you can expect to live]

“What???” It turns out that where you are born and the unique interplay of education, health and access to earning a decent living can tell a lot about life expectancy. Did you know… The longest living people in the United States are Asian Americans in Baltimore, while those with the shortest life expectancy are African Americans born in Pittsburgh. The gap? 18 years. …Inequality is about much more than income.

MOAB and How You Can Use This Blog

MOAB, the Measure of America Blog is organized into these categories: What We’re Learning; What’s On Tap (upcoming publications); What We’re Reading; (our take on) What’s In The News. We’ll set each of those up for you as well as show you a few ways you can use our research to help move the dialogue forward in ways that can make your community better.

Second Disconnected Youth Summit: Phoenix, AZ

September 17, 2014Second Disconnected Youth Summit

Statistical “Portrait” of Sonoma County

September 12, 2014Sonoma Valley Sun

The New Racism

August 10, 2014 The New Republic

The 5 Best and Worst States for a Well-Lived Life

July 29, 2014The Week

The Best and Worst States for a Life Well-Lived

July 21, 2014The Fiscal Times

Economic Opportunity at Lowest Point in Decades, but Social and Educational Opportunities Soar

July 21, 2014 Latin Post

Moving the Needle on Youth Disconnection

July 7, 2014Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

Report: Americans Have Less Economic Opportunity Since 1970

July 7, 2014 — C-SPAN

Lifespans in U.S.A. States Ranked From Longest to Shortest

July 2, 2014ABC News

Forty Years of Progress — Or Not

July 1, 2014The Seattle Times

Youth Are Worse Off Now Than in 1990

June 30, 2014U.S. News & World Report

The State of the American Dream: Safer, Smarter, Poorer

June 25, 2014Nonprofit Quarterly

Dropouts Cost Arizona $7.6 Billion

June 25, 2014The Arizona Republic

The American Dream Over the Past Few Decades, in 6 Maps and Charts

June 25, 2014The Washington Post

Congrats, America. You Have Less Economic Opportunity Than You Did in 1970

June 24, 2014The Washington Post

Your ZIP Code May Be Dragging You Down

June 24, 2014 — National Journal

Even as U.S. Economic Opportunity falls, Study Finds Broader Gains

June 24, 2014Reuters

A Human Portrait of the Springs

June 18, 2014 Sonoma Valley Sun

County Limits E-cigs

June 11, 2014Sonoma Valley Sun

Report Outlines Disparities Among Sonoma County’s Neighborhoods

May 30, 2014 The Press Democrat

Sonoma County Report on Health and Community Well Being

May 22, 2014 Sonoma County Gazette

Valley Has High Percentage Of “Disconnected Youth”

May 16, 2014KJZZ

Summit Calls for Getting “Disconnected Youth” Back to School

May 12, 2014Arizona Education News

Oh, Right, Help Thy Neighbor: Helmsley Takes on New York’s Problems

May 2, 2014 Inside Philanthropy

Measures of America—and Maine

April 7, 2014 — Maine Community Foundation

Tackling poverty: Working-class earning flat

March 29, 2014 — Des Moines Register

How long can a baby born today in Minnesota expect to live?

March 27 2014 — BringMeTheNews

Interview with Kristen Lewis on Marketplace Morning Report

March 27, 2014 — Marketplace

Where the Middle Class Thrives

February 20, 2014 — CNN Money

Map: What Country Does Your State’s Life Expectancy Resemble?

Feb 3, 2014 The Atlantic

Black Youth at Higher Risk of “Disconnection”

November 19, 2013 Black Voice News

The Living-in-the-Basement Generation

November 19, 2013 — Detroit Metro Times

Dismal Numbers For Disconnected Youth

November 21, 2013National Journal

Interview with Kristen Lewis on Morning Edition

November 4, 2013WNYC

GOP Struggles in Big City Politics

October 30, 2013NPR’s The Takeaway

Minnesota Ranks High in Measurements of Well-Being

November 3, 2013Brainerd Daily Dispatch

The Top 10 Cities for Disconnected Youth Are…

October 31, 2013Bustle

Chart of the Week: A U.S. Human Development Index

November 1, 2013Pew Research Center

Disconnected Youth: A Challenge for Our Country, But One We Can Tackle

November 5, 2013The Huffington Post

Disconnected Nation: 5.8 Million Out of School and Out of Work

November 6, 2013US News

The Top 5 Cities for Disaffected Youth

October 22, 2013Bloomberg Businessweek

Billionaires’ Row and Welfare Lines

October 25, 2013New York Times

The Living-in-the-Basement Generation: How Young Adults are Faring in America’s Twenty-Five Biggest Metro Areas

November/December 2013Washington Monthly

U.S. Economic Mobility Improving Very Slowly

October 21, 2013Wall Street Journal Blogs

The Cold, Hard Fact About the Geography of the American Dream

October 23, 2013PolicyMic

Where Opportunity Is Hardest to Find

October 21, 2013The Atlantic Cities

Poverty Reports Underscore Challenge for Local United Way

September 14, 2013 The San Bernardino Sun

Report: Phoenix Area Leads Nation in Idle Youths

August 21, 2013Arizona Republic

HISPANIC HEALTH: Why Are U.S. Latinos Outliving Whites?.

July 18, 2013Hispanically Speaking News

DC Has a Higher Proportion of Bachelor’s and Graduate Degrees Than Any Other City

July 14, 2013In the Capital

Inequality: Shifting the Spotlight From Wall Street to Your Street

July 9, 2013Huffington Post

Edward Snowden Can Go to Venezuela, Nicaragua, or Bolivia. Here, We Help Him Decide.

July 10, 2013Washington Post

Huffington Post on the Bronx

July 9, 2013Welcome2TheBronx

This Week in Poverty: The Unfinished March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom

June 28, 2013The Nation

Willingness to Invest Improved Quality of Life but For How Long?

June 30, 2013Seattle Times

We’ve Got Issues, But Connecticut’s Not Texas

June 28, 2013The Hartford Courant

Michigan’s “Well-being” Dropped Over Decade While Other States Improved

June 25, 2013MLive

Survey: Connecticut Is The Best State In The Country

June 25, 2013Daily Voice, Weston

America’s Fracking Economy Isn’t Helping Anyone

June 25, 2013Motherboard, Vice

Closing The Tech Industry’s Gender Gap Requires Better Data

June 25, 2013All Tech Considered, NPR

Illinois Citizens Ranked 16th In Overall Well-being, New National Data Shows

June 26, 2013Progress Illinois

Michigan Declined the Most Nationwide on Human Development Index

June 20, 2013Michigan Radio NPR

Connecticut: Best State in the Country?

June 21, 2013 — East Haven Patch

Thank God for Mississippi: Another Study, Another Low Rank for Arkansas

June 21, 2013Arkansas Times

New Study Ranks Arkansas Second Worst State in America

June 21, 2013 —  Arkansas Matters

New Study Ranks Connecticut as the Best State

June 2013Connecticut Magazine

Sorry, Maryland, Things May Not Be That Bad

June 22, 2013Baltimore Sun

Is Connecticut the Best State Now?

June 20, 2013Slate

Well Being Rises in Every State but Michigan

June 20, 2013Wall Street Journal

‘Red States’ Rank Low On U.S. Human Development Index

June 19, 2013Forbes

Reclaiming America’s Youth and Recovering Our Economy (by Chelsea Clinton)

June 19, 2013Huffington Post

The New Measure of America

June 19, 2013Marketplace, American Public Media

Americans Healthier, More Educated — and Poorer

June 19, 2013Bloomberg

The Young and the Disconnected

December 13, 2012In These Times

Am I Poor? (Video)

March 19, 2013HuffPost Live

Dominican University Photo Project Aims to Raise Awareness About Educational Inequality in Marin

March 25, 2013Marin Independent Journal

Arizona Youth ‘Dropped’ and Disconnected?

March 5, 2013Tucson Sentinel

The State of America’s Well-Being

February 28, 2013Stanford Social Innovation Review

The Best Revenge? Outliving Your Congressman

February 5, 2013 — The Gazette

Does Congress Represent You?

February 4, 2013 — Camel City Dispatch

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Services Lacking for NYC’s Disconnected Youth

February 7, 2013The Epoch Times

Members of Congress Better Off Than Most Americans, But Die Sooner

January 31, 2013Philadelphia Inquirer

Group Hopes Congress Will Consider Demographic Differences

January 31, 2013Roll Call

The Fix: How Congress is Not Like America (in One Infographic)

February 1, 2013Washington Post

The Case for Public Investments: Appealing to the Purse Strings as well as the Heartstrings

November 26, 2012Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

How to Get High School Dropouts into ‘Recovery’? Ideas Bloom Across US

January 15, 2013Christian Science Monitor

“Social Impact Bond” Buzz Heads West

January 10, 2013Bond Buyer

Ron Kaye: Holiday Philanthropy is Vital in Time of Cutbacks

November 21, 2012Press Telegram

Hundreds of Thousands of Youth in Metro Area Adrift: Report

October 22, 2012WNYC

An Inside Look at the Middle-Class Squeeze

October 16, 2012US News & World Report

Interview on Cocoa Mode

September 22, 2012Sirius XM Radio

Detroit’s Disconnected Youth

September 19, 2012 – WDET News

In the News: CPS Grads to Get City Hiring Preference

October 1, 2012 — Catalyst Chicago

San Diego Youth Development Ranks Third Among Metro Areas

September 21, 2012Independent Voter Network

Get Your Life Together: Study Shows Black And Latino Youth Are Most “Disconnected” In America, Unemployed, Not In School

September 27, 2012Bossip

Latinas, Black Males Most ‘Disconnected’

September 27, 2012The National Journal

One in Seven: Ranking Youth Disconnection in the 25 Largest Metro Areas

September 26, 2012 — Journalism Center on Children & Families

Unemployed And Undereducated: Study Finds Black Youth Are Disconnected

September 21, 2012Madame Noire

More Young Adults Strike Out On Their Own

September 20, 2012Marketplace

Program Looks to Improve Troubled Syracuse Schools

September 24, 2012North Country Public Radio

Live at ICIC’s Economic Summit: Equity and the Changing Demographics of America

September 20, 2012Initiative for Competitive Inner City Blog

1 In 7 Young People Are Not Working Or In School: Measure Of America Study

September 19, 2012The Huffington Post

One in Seven Youths Age 16-to-24 Nationwide Out of School and Out of Work

September 17, 2012 — AlterNet

Editorial: Bipartisan Failure on Economy

September 17, 2012 — The Orange County Register

Opportunity Index 2012

Opportunity Index 2012

How does your state or county measure up in terms of opportunity? Have things improved since last year? Take a look at the second annual Opportunity Index 2012, with rankings by state and county. Read more.

Opportunity Index 2012

How does your state or county measure up in terms of opportunity? Have things improved since last year? Take a look at the second annual Opportunity Index 2012, with rankings by state and county. Read more. 

Youth Disconnection Rampant In 25 Largest Metro Areas, Black Teens Impacted Most: What Is It?

September 14, 2012Huffington Post

‘Disconnected’ Youth Costing $93.7 Billion Annually

September 16, 2012Education Week

Detroit Third in U.S. for Disconnected Youths

September 13, 2012WHTC

Dismal News: Metro Detroit Ranks 3rd in Nation With “Disconnected Youths”

September 13, 2012 — Deadline Detroit

Twin Cities Youth Rank High in Education, Employment

September 13, 2012Minnesota Public Radio

Number of Youths Living on the Margins is Growing

September 14, 2012EdSource

Study: Metro Detroit Has Nation’s Third-Highest Rate of “Youth Disconnection”

September 13, 2012Michigan Radio

The Tragic Geography of Disconnected Youth

September 14, 2012The Atlantic Cities

Census: Middle Class Shrinks to an All-Time Low

September 12, 2012The Washington Post

Metro Detroit 3rd Worst in Nation in Disconnected Youths

September 13, 2012Detroit Free Press

Midday Matters: Interview with Measure of America

August 27, 2012WBOI NPR Indiana

A New Way to Measure the Economy

August 26, 2012 — The Journal Gazette

Who Will Provide for the Providers?

August 30, 2012 Baltimore Sun

Silver Medalist: The Second Most Expensive City

August 15, 2012Pacific Standard

What Can Mississippi Learn From Iran?

July 27, 2012The New York Times

A Tale of Two Cities, and Two Life Expectancies

July 26, 2012 California Healthcare Foundation 

The Anti-CNBC Rankings – Why RI is a Well-being Success Story

July 26, 2012 — 

D.C., Don’t Let Politicians Ruin That Smile

July 22, 2012Washington Post

D.C. Atop List of 25 Cities for Women’s Well-Being

June 28, 2012 National Journal

You’ll Want to Live in Philly in 2032 – if We Play Our Cards Right

June 28, 2012 — Philadelphia Real Estate Blog

Kristen Lewis Discusses Women’s Well Being in the Twin Cities on the Jordana Green Show

June 28, 2012 — CBS Minnesota

Minority Report: America Will Be Defined By These Huge Demographic Shifts

June 14, 2012 — Business Insider

George Lucas Exposes Underbelly of Affordable Housing Debates

June 4, 2012Nonprofit Quarterly

How the Paycheck Fairness Act Can Help Democrats Win Elections for Years to Come

June 4, 2012The Nation

Measuring Five Different Californias

June 1, 2012Marketplace

Gene Weingarten: A Portrait of the New Feminist

May 24, 2012Washington Post 

D.C. Women Have Highest Well-Being

May 18, 2012NBC Washington

D.C. Tops List of Best Cities for Women

May 17, 2012WTOC 103.5FM

DC Ranks High For Women’s Well-Being

May 15, 2012 — NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams 

The Best City for Women in America? Washington, D.C

May 15, 2012 — Yahoo

Best U.S. Cities for Women’s Well-Being

May 15, 2012Mental Health News 

Don’t Mess with Massachusetts

May 14, 2012Slate

Women, Be Well: The Twin Cities is (Almost) Tops

May 14, 2012Star Tribune 

Twin Cities Among Best For Women’s Well-Being

May 11, 2012CBS Minnesota

Big Gaps in the Big Apple: Measuring Well-Being in the New York Metro Area

May 10, 2012Philanthropy New York

Twin Cities Fourth-Best Metro for Women’s Well-Being, Says Measure of America Study

May 10, 2012CityPages

Do Washington DC Women Have the Best Quality of Life?

May 2, 2012Daily Mail

By the Numbers: SF Women’s Well-Being

May 2, 2012 The Bay Citizen

Detroit on List of Best Cities for Women’s Well-Being

May 1, 2012 — WXYZ

Best Cities For Women: 25 U.S. Metropolitan Areas Ranked For Women’s Well-Being

April 30, 2012Huffington Post

Boston Women Have the 3rd Highest Well-Beings in the Country

April 30, 2012BostInno

Baltimore 8th Best for Women’s Well-Being

April 30, 2012 — Patch

Cocktail Crossfire: Is Washington Horrible for Women?

April 30, 2012The Atlantic

Washington Tops U.S. Cities for Women’s Well-Being, Report Says

April 30, 2012Washington Post

Best U.S. Metros for Women’s Well-Being

April 30, 2012The Atlantic

Best Cities in America for Women

April 27, 2012Forbes

DC Women Have the Highest Well-Being in the Country

April 27, 2012In The Capital

Bay Area Women have it Good, Study Finds

April 26, 2012San Francisco Chronicle

More than Doctors and Drugs

April 26, 2012Houston Chronicle

Top U.S. Cities for Women’s Well-Being Ranked

April 25, 2012WeNews

From the Richest to Poorest in New York City

April 24, 2012Marketplace

California’s Marin County Ranked #1 with the Healthiest Men in America

April 22, 2012The Examiner

Study: Marin County Men have the Highest Life Expectancy in the Nation, Women Rank No. 2

April 19, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Why Women Weather Recessions Better than Men

April 13, 2012 — The Washington Post

Culture of Poverty in America

April 12, 2012Huffington Post

Milken Institute Global Conference: May 1, 2012

Sarah Burd-Sharps will chair a panel on Managing Disasters: Readiness, Then Response at the Milken Institute in Los Angeles. View event details here, and event program here.

The Institute for Economics and Peace: April 25, 2012

The Institute for Economics and Peace and Measure of America co-directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis are hosting a discussion around the launch of the 2012 United States Peace Index: The Social and Economic Impact of Violence in the U.S.

Read more

SchoolsRule-Marin, Venables Bell, IJ Relaunch Fundraising Campaign

April 5, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Equity for Children: Book Launch of ‘Global Child Poverty and Well-Being,’ April 16, 2012

Measure of America co-director Kristen Lewis will be speaking on a panel to discuss child well-being in the United States, the topic of MOA’s contributed chapter to the newly published Global Child Poverty and Well-Being. MOA’s chapter is entitled “Child Well-being in the US: Proposal for the Development of a ‘Tot’s Index’ Using the Human Development Conceptual Framework.”

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Philanthropy New York: Breathing Life into Numbers, April 10, 2012

Join Measure of America Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, and those with a keen interest in using the Index to address the challenges facing ordinary Americans, as we examine a new way to understand well-being and access to opportunity in America today. View event details here.

Asian Population Swells in Bay Area, State, Nation

March 22, 2012San Francisco Chronicle

Means, Ends, and Democracy in California

March 9, 2012California Mwananchi

The Six Worst States for Sleep

March 9, 201224/7 Wall Street

Does Marin Give Enough?

March 1, 2012Marin Magazine

‘Portrait of Marin’ Report a Reminder of County’s Gaps

February 29, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Lib at Large: A Portrait of Two Marins

February 25, 2012Marin Independent Journal

On the Human Scale, is America a Lightweight?

February 17, 2012 — American Reporter

In Marin County, Poverty Exists Alongside Wealth

February 16, 2012California Watch

10 Key Points on Inequality

As the presidential campaign heats up, here are ten things the candidates should understand about why extreme inequality is toxic for America.

Read more

Upfront: The Picture of Dorian Marin

February 10, 2012 — Pacific Sun

A Portrait of Marin: Marin County Human Development Report 2012

Creating Opportunities

February 5, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Budget Cuts Force Closure of Longtime Sausalito Infant, Toddler Center

February 4, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Truthful ‘Portrait of Marin’

February 3, 2012Marin Independent Journal

A Disturbing Glimpse of GOP’s Low Tax/Limited Regulation Utopia

February 1, 2012Huffington Post

Taking a Close Look at Marin

January 31, 2012 — Op-Ed by Thomas Peters, President & CEO, Marin Community Foundation:  Marin Independent Journal

Parents Fear Budget Cuts Could Slash Child Care Subsidies

January 23, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Teens Weigh in on Education

January 20, 2012Lancaster Online

Radio Interview: Marin County Income Inequality

January 19, 2012KQED

New Report Reveals Disparities in Marin County

January 19, 2012Foundation Center

Report Analyzes County’s Racial, Economic Disparity

January 18, 2012Pacific Sun

New ‘Portrait of Marin’ Report Explores Marin’s Income Inequality Gap

January 18, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Prosper and Live Long

January 18, 2012San Francisco Chronicle (Scroll Down)

Gap Between Marin High/Low (Earners) Explored

January 18, 2012NBC Bay Area

A Portrait of Marin Launches!

January 18, 2012Humantific

Marin Community Foundation to Host Discussion Based on New Report

January 14, 2012Marin Independent Journal

Out of Poverty: From Surviving to Thriving – 1/18/12

The Marin Community Foundation invites you to a community conversation in conjunction with the launch of A Portrait of Marin, produced by the American Human Development Project. View event details here

Metrics Matter: A Human Development Approach to Measuring Social Impact

Interactive Map and Data Measures Economic Opportunity Across States

Acknowledging The Great Divide

December 7, 2011Humantific

Alabama Ranks Low in Opportunity Measures

December 6, 2011The Crimson White

California Hosts the Best and Worst Features of USA

December 2, 2011Articles Factory

The Supplemental Poverty Measure: A (Small) Step in the Right Direction

The Census Bureau recently released the supplemental poverty measure (SPM). By this gauge, 49.1 million Americans, or 16 percent of the population, live in poverty — more than the official poverty number of 46.2 million, or 15.1 percent of the population, reported in September.

Read more

MA Ranks Third in Nation in New Measure of Opportunity in USA

November 29, 2011TuBoston

Report: Nevada Ranks Last in Nation in Job Opportunity

November 28, 2011Las Vegas Sun

Opening Doors to Opportunity in the Mississippi Delta

November 19, 2011Mississippi Center for Justice

Opportunity Nation Summit: Promoting Communities of Opportunity

AHDP Co-Director Sarah Burd-Sharps spoke on a panel at the Opportunity Nation Summit in New York City on November 4th.  Opportunity Nation’s mission is to promote opportunity, social mobility, and access to the American Dream.  See more here.

2011 Huether Lasallian Conference

November 19, 2011Christian Brothers Conference

Forum Presents Disparities in Californians’ Well Being, Role and Response of Philanthropy

November 15, 2011UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Time to get Hungry for U.S. Poverty Solutions

November 13, 2011Kansas City Star

The Mess In Mississippi

November 11, 2011Huffington Post

Forum Presents Disparities in Californians’ Well Being, Role and Response of Philanthropy

November 10, 2011UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs

Opportunity Nation?

November 9, 2011Reuters

Money Isn’t Everything

November 4, 2011 — The Daily

Opportunity Nation: By Measuring Opportunity, Index Hopes To Restore Access To The American Dream

November 4, 2011Huffington Post

Opportunity Nation Joins Non-Profit Partners to Host the 2nd Annual National Summit on Opportunity and Poverty in Washington, D.C.

November 4, 2011 — Catholic Charities USA

Latinos in California’s Central Valley Lag Behind

October 26, 2011New America Media

Measure of America Wins IIID Award

October 27, 2011Humantific

‘The Forsaken Five Percent’

October 19, 2011Harvesting Health

Latino Community Foundation: San Francisco, October 21, 2011

AHDP Co-Director Kristen Lewis will address the Latino Community Foundation in San Francisco on October 21, 2011. The Latino Community Foundation’s mission is to create a future where all Latino families are safe, healthy, and full participants in the civic and economic life of California. Learn more.

UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, October 20, 2011

AHDP Co-Director Kristen Lewis will offer a nonpartisan, fact-based look at how ordinary people in communities across California are faring. She will be joined by: Sushma Raman, President of Southern California Grantmakers, and Edmund Cain, Vice President of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. This event is open to the public with an RSVP. RSVP for the event.

Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium, October 19, 2011

AHDP Chief Statistician Patrick Guyer will speak at the Canadian Risk and Hazards Network Symposium (CRHNet), held in Ottowa on October 19, 2011. CRHNet symposiums aims to contribute to the creation of a disaster resilient society through inter-disciplinary and inter-jurisdictional dialogue and collaboration among practitioners, policy makers, researchers, and academics. Register for the Symposium.

RAND Los Angeles, October 19, 2011

AHDP Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis will present their research, “Beyond GDP: Using the American Human Development Index to Identify Need and Assess Impact,” at the RAND Corporation in Los Angeles on October 19. RAND is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. Learn More.

The San Joaquin Valley LEAP Project, October 18, 2011

AHDP Co-Director Kristen Lewis will address The San Joaquin Valley LEAP (Latino Environmental Advancement & Policy Project) in Fresno. Valley LEAP .

San Diego Grantmakers 2011 Annual Conference, October 18, 2011

AHDP Co-Director Sarah Burd-Sharps will speak at the San Diego Grantmakers 2011 Annual Conference on October 18. The conference is the premier gathering of grantmakers from throughout San Diego County, bringing together members of the philanthropic community to learn, share information, and connect with each other to improve philanthropy’s positive impact in our communities. Register for the event.

How to Close the Wage Gap Without Paying Men Less

October 9, 2011The Huffington Post

Gains Made in Equality of Incomes in Downturn

September 30, 2011The New York Times

Could London-style Riots Happen in New York City?

September 30, 2011The Nation

Bay Area Income Beats State, U.S., Census Shows

September 22, 2011San Francisco Chronicle

Young People Hit Hard as U.S. Poverty Rate Increases to 15.1 Percent

September 14, 2011Mercury News

Aid to College Students Benefits All of Us

September 7, 2011Times Union

Resource for Policymakers: The American Human Development Project

August 31, 2011Policy For Results

Latinos, Numbers and the Real World

August 15, 2011Huffington Post

Poverty Kills. Better Policy, Not Better Medicine, Is the Solution.

July 26, 2011Huffington Post

What’s Your Human Development Index?

July 22, 2011Health DATAbytes

The Nitty-Gritty of Going Beyond GDP

July 13, 2011Remapping Debate

Unequal: Well-Being Gap

July 7, 2011 — The Charleston Gazette

America Gets “Measured” — and the Results Aren’t Pretty

July 6, 2011Remapping Debate

Does the Bay Area Have the Best Quality of Life — or the Worst?

The Wealth Gap Is .75 Miles Wide

July 3, 2011 — New York Magazine

The California Dream is Fizzling Out

June 27, 2011CNN

Spotlight on Poverty Webinar: The Common Good Forecaster


June 8, 2011 — Spotlight on Poverty

Cassidy: Silicon Valley’s Haves Could Save Have-Nots

June 4, 2011The San Jose Mercury News

Latinos Live Longer Despite Health Obstacles

June 3, 2011Ventura County Star

‘Haves’ vs. ‘Have Nots’ Object of New Report

May 31, 2011Los Altos Town Crier

Pete Manzo: Many in Bay Area are Faring Worse

May 29, 2011The Record Searchlight

Webinar: The Common Good Forecaster, June 3, 2011

In collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty, AHDP will be hosting a webinar on Friday June 3, 2011, from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. EST, on how to utilize the Common Good Forecaster. Created with the United Way, the Forecaster uses Census data to forecast the impact of increased educational attainment on such factors as health, civic engagement and crime. AHDP Co-directors, and Health People founder and executive director, Chris Norwood, will speak. RSVP for the webinar.

Rating California (For the First Time). Are We Special, or Just Adequate?

United Way Index Shows Large Income, Education Gaps in L.A., Orange Counties

May 23, 2011 —  Los Angeles Business

A Tale of Five Californias – and How to Bring Them Together

May 23, 2011Spotlight on Poverty

Study Illustrates Profound Quality-of-Life Disparities Across California

County’s ‘Portrait’ Not a Big Surprise

May 22, 2011Ventura County Star

California Still Leads U.S., Including in Inequality

May 19, 2011Reuters

New Report Shows Large Disparities Among Los Angeles Area Residents in the Areas of Health, Education and Income

May 19, 2011 — PR Newswire

Quality of Life Report Tough on Area

May 19, 2011 — The Porterville Recorder

San Diegans Rank High in California for “Well Being”

May 18, 2011 — XETV-TV6

In California, L.A. Region Trails the Bay Area, San Diego and Sacramento in Health, Wealth, Education

May 18, 2011 — Los Angeles Daily News

San Diego Ranks 2nd in Well-Being Study

May 18, 2011 — KSWB- Fox TV5

Silicon Valley Earns High Marks In Well-Being Study

May 18, 2011KCBS

California: Home of the Haves and Have-Nots

May 18, 2011 AOL News

Dan Walters: Latest Numbers Reveal Two-Tier California

May 18, 2011 — The Sacramento Bee

Drilling Down into California’s Have and Have-Not Worlds

May 18, 2011LAObserved

San Diego, La Jolla Get High Ratings For Healthy Cities

May 17, 2011La Jolla Light

Study: Valley Among State’s ‘Struggling, Forsaken’

May 17, 2011 — Business Journal

The Buzz: How Many Californias Are There? Try Five

May 17, 2011Sacramento Bee

SD Ranked High In Well-Being Study

May 17, 2011 — KGTV

Connecting the Dots: Top News Stories for May 17

May 17, 2011 San Francisco Chronicle

Report Breaks Down Quality of Life into 5 Californias

May 17, 2011 —  Los Angeles Business

State Ranks High for ‘Well-Being,’ but Local Results Vary

May 17, 2011 —  California Watch

Huge Well-Being Study Finds Five Disparate Californias

May 17, 2011Sacramento Bee

State’s class gap becomes startling

May 17, 2011 La Jolla Light

Study Shows Quality of Life in Central Valley is Worst in CA

May 17, 2011 — KSEE

Life and Opportunity are Good in Metro SF

May 17, 2011The Bay Citizen

State Ranks High for ‘Well-Being,’ but Local Results Vary

May 17, 2011California Watch

Inland Area Fares Poorly in Look at Well-Being

May 17, 2011 — The Press-Enterprise

Study: H.D. Among “Struggling California”

May 17, 2011 — Victorville Daily Press

Study Suggests Quality-of-Life Disparity Creates ‘Five Californias’

May 17, 2011Ventura County Star

Brandeis University, May 11, 2011

AHDP’s Co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps is the Capstone Speaker for the graduating class of Brandeis University’s Heller School of Social Policy and Management.

A Portrait of California Launch Events, May 2011

AHDP will be touring California to launch A Portrait of California, a timely assessment of the well-being of Californians and their unique human development challenges. The lecture series, “Health, Education, and Income in an Age of Austerity,” will feature AHDP’s Co-directors, prominent community advocates, policy experts, and members of the philanthropic community. The events will take place in Sacramento on May 17, Los Angeles on May 18, and San Francisco on May 20. RSVP for these events today.

Banana Republic or Opportunity Society? Part II: The Transnational Perspective

America’s Most Distressed Areas and Their Neglected Infections: The United States Gulf Coast and the District of Columbia

March 29, 2011Public Library of Science

What the Economics?

March 29, 2011The Garden Island

Safety’s No Accident

March 29, 2011 — National Conference of State Legislatures

EVENT: New America Foundation’s The Measure of America, Mapping Risks and Resilience, on March 31, 2011

March 23, 2011 — Daily Agenda

What’s Good for Business Must Also be Good for Ordinary People

March 17, 2011 — St. Louis Today

Exploring Communities From Numbers To Nuance

March 16, 2011 — Northern California Grantmakers

The High Risk of Caricature

March 16, 2011 NewsWorks

New on the Reading Shelf

March 15, 2011 — International Institute for Sustainable Development

The New America Foundation, March 31, 2011

On Thursday March 31, 2011, American Human Development Project Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis will be featured speakers at a discussion of the recently-released The Measure of America 2010-2011 in Washington, DC. The event will take place from 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM at the New American Foundation (NAF), and will be moderated by NAF Economic Growth Program Policy Director, Michael Lind. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for the event here.

Rights at Risk

March 9, 2011 Human Rights Watch

Unintended Consequences: Chamber Report Shows That “Good” for Business May Be Bad for People

March 7, 2011 Remapping Debate

Virginia’s 8th District Tops Group’s Health Index

March 2, 2011 — Fort Hunt Patch

Human Development Index in the US

March 1, 2011 Inside JVC

UNICEF Brown Bag Discussion, March 16, 2011

On Wednesday March 16, 2011, AHDP Co-Directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, and Statistician Patrick Guyer presented the findings of The Measure of America 2010-2011 to UNICEF Policy and Practice staff.

A Congressional Briefing on The Measure of America, March 2, 2011

Co-directors Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps will be joined by Congressman Chris Murphy (CT-5) Wednesday, March 2, in a briefing on the The Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience for policymakers and staffers.

Guest List: Today’s Newsmakers

February 28, 2011The Washingtonian

How Comic Book Hero ‘Unemployed Man’ Can Save The World

February 28, 2011 death+taxes


February 25, 2011Felix Salmon, Reuters

How Long Do People Live in Your District?

February 24, 2011Yahoo News

Infographic We Love: A Map of American Health

February 24, 2011 The Atlantic Wire

Map Puts Arlington at Top of the Healthy Heap

February 25, 2011 ARL now

Third World America

February 24, 2011Humanosphere

Texas Lags in Measure of “Human Development”

February 7, 2011 Houston Public Radio (Listen here)

Quality of Life Study is Worth Reviewing for Oklahoma Policymakers

February 4, 2011The Oklahoman

Family-Friendly Policies? In the U.S., Not So Much

January 11, 2011MarketWatch

Measuring American Well-Being: SSRC’s Human Development Project Issues Report

January 10, 2011Consortium of Social Science Associations (COSSA)

Public Policy and Philanthropy: A New Agenda, February 15, 2011

Co-Director of the American Human Development Project, Kristen Lewis, will be a keynote speaker at Southern California Grantmakers (SCG) Public Policy Conference on Tuesday February 15, 2011. The event will take place at the Center for Healthy Communities, Los Angeles, California, and also feature breakout sessions lead by public and community leaders in philanthropy and research. Read more, and register for the event.

Mapping the Measure of America

January 7, 2011United Way

Research and Publications on Child Poverty

January 7, 2011UNICEF Blog

By the Numbers: What Really Counts in Life? And How Does Houston Rank Against Competitor Cities?

December 29, 2010 – Houston Chronicle

Census Data: Women-Owned Businesses Growing

December 26, 2010 – Daily Comet

Census data: Women-owned businesses growing

Measure Of America: Houston Lags Behind

December 15, 2010 – Houston Press

Measuring America

December 15, 2010 – NPR’s All Sides with Ann Fisher

National Index Gives Michigan, Area Low Economic Marks

November 29, 2010 – Argus-Press

Is Andy Moving to New Jersey?

November 28, 201060 Minutes

Study: 2nd district Has Good Overall Well-being — For Texas, At Least

November 25, 2010 – Ultimate Lake Houston

Wide Gaps in Well-being Across the U.S.

November 24, 2010Marketplace, American Public Media


Walk a Mile to Live Two Extra Years

November 24, 2010Economy 4.0, Marketplace

The Closer the Focus, The Deeper the Divide

November 23, 2010Too Much

Interacting With America: Human Development, Crime and Other Indicators for the United States

November 22, 2010 The Economist

American Human Develoment Project: Kentucky part of ‘Third World’ America

November 20, 2010 – Insider Louisville

Infographic: Does America Have “Developing States”?

November 20, 2010Good

Mapping American Well-Being

November 19, 2010Fixing the Future, PBS

The True Measure of America

November 19, 2010 – The Maddow Blog

America By the Numbers

November 19, 2010The Daily Dish, The Atlantic

Cool Internet Map of America

November 19, 2010The Hairpin

New York Gets Third Place for Human Development

November 18, 2010The New York Times

Britain to Introduce ‘Happiness Index’

November 17, 2010Marketplace, American Public Media

How Selected American States Compare to Various Countries

November 16, 2010 – The Economist

Infographic of the Day: Quality of Life Varies Wildly Across America

November 16, 2010Fast Company

Where Does Your State Rank in Well-Being?

November 16, 2010Science and Religion Today

The American Human Development Index

November 16, 2010 WNYC 93.9 FM, The Brian Lehrer Show

Asian-Americans Live Well in the Garden State

November 15, 2010Wall Street Journal

How Do States Measure Up on the Well-being Scale? This Study Tells You

November 13, 2010Los Angeles Times

Connecticut Ranks No. 1 in Well-Being Study

November 11, 2010Hartford Courant

What the Economy Needs is a US Sized Oil Spill; Or, Lessons in Measuring What Matters

November 11, 2010 – New America Foundation

Well-being Survey Reveals Racial Divide

November 10, 2010The Washington Post

Attention West Virginians: Move to Connecticut

November 10, 2010The Wall Street Journal

Measuring America – New Book Presents Current Data on the American Human Development Index

November 10, 2010 Open Left

Connecticut Residents Live the Best Lives: Study

November 10, 2010 NBC Connecticut

Measure Of America Project: Colorado Scores High On Well-Being Index

November 10, 2010Huffington Post

Connecticut Residents Are Tops in Well-Being

November 10, 2010MSNBC

As Promised, Those Dallas-Fort Worth Details from the American Human Development Index

November 10, 2010Dallas Observer

How’s Your Well-being? Find Out Here How Americans, Alabamians and You Are Doing

November 10, 2010The Birmingham News

Where Does Dallas Stand on the Human Development Index? Let’s Go to the Report!

November 10, 2010Dallas Observer

DC Region Ranks 1st in Well-being Survey

November 10, 2010 – Associated Press

Connecticut Tops Well-Being Survey: 5 Most Interesting Findings

November 10, 2010 – AOL News

Connecticut Residents Are Tops in Well-Being

November 9, 2010Live Science

West Virginia Ranks Dead Last in Well-being, Study says

November 11, 2010 – The Charleston Gazette

Big Gaps in the Big Apple: Lessons from The Measure of America, November 17, 2010.

See what the new 2010-2011 American Human Development Index reveals about the distribution of opportunity in America, with a special focus on the New York metro area. The expert panel and book party is open to the public, and will take place at 6:30 PM on November 17, 2010,  at NYU’s Institute for Public Knowledge (Light refreshments served). Read more here, forward this invite to friends, and RSVP to, 212.784.5715.

Surging Ahead and Falling Behind: Lessons from The Measure of America, November 10, 2010

Hear the latest findings of the American Human Development Project’s updated 2010-2011 Index of well-being and opportunity. The Washington, DC launch of The Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience will take place at the Kaiser Family Foundation, at 9 AM on November 10, 2010 (Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m.). Learn more here and RSVP to, 212.784.5715.

Open Letter to the Bipartisan Fiscal Commission

October 7, 2010 – PR Web

One Step Forward, Two Steps Apart on UN’s Development Goals

September 22, 2010 – Colorlines: News for Action

Happy Labor Day to the Unemployed

September 2, 2010 – The Huffington Post

Barry Weisberg on Urban Violence

August 24, 2010 – Chicago Public Radio WBEZ 91.5

Measuring Deprivation: The New Multidimensional Poverty Index of the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative

July-August 2010 – International Budget Partnership

The co-founder of a project measuring American well-being sees hope for the next century in spite of poor results

May 28, 2010 – Need to Know

Population Study Finds Change in the Suburbs

May 8, 2010 – The New York Times

Happy in New Jersey

May 4, 2010 – New York Times

“The Limits of Policy” by columnist David Brooks

May 3, 2010 – The New York Times

Also see the response from AHDP co-directors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis.

A New Index Fills in the Portrait of Human Well-Being

May 2, 2010 – Philadelphia Inquirer

Asians in Jersey get top marks for health and income

April 29, 2010 – The Star-Ledger

100-Year Gap in Well-Being Between Haves and Have Nots in U.S. Population: New Study Finds Vast Differences in Quality of Life Within U.S. Population

April 28, 2010 – ABC World News with Diane Sawyer

Report Reveals Disparities in Well-Being among Racial and Ethnic Groups in U.S

April 28, 2010 – Scope

Looking to Live Better? Move to New Jersey

April 28, 2010 – Wall Street Journal

Health Care Reform Passed, Now What?

April 27, 2010 – The Huffington Post

‘Treme’: A Sharp Divide Between Rich and Poor

April 12, 2010 – The Atlantic

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: a chance for grantmakers to consider racial equity

March 22, 2010 – National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Study Indicates Money Can’t Buy You Longevity

March 20, 2010 – Dubuque Telegraph Herald

Katrina @ 5: Partners in Philanthropy, March 22, 2010

Co-director Kristen Lewis will give the opening lunch plenary at the Association of Small Foundation’s “Katrina @ 5: Partners in Philanthropy” conference, taking place on Monday, March 22, 2010, at the New Orleans Marriott. For more information, visit

New Yorkers Are Living Longer, Study Finds

March 4, 2010 – Queens Chronicle

The Right Measures

March 3, 2010 – Stanford Social Innovation Review

ASA Footnotes, Vol. 38, Issue 2 (Feb. 2010)

“The Measure of America: Introducing the American Human Development Project”

The Measure of America: Introducing the American Human Development Project

Called to Serve Conference, April 28, 2010

Co-Director Kristen Lewis will present The Measure of America to the Episcopal Church conference “Called to Serve: The Church Responds to Domestic Poverty,” from 3:00 to 4:30 PM on Wednesday, April 28, 2010. For registration information, please visit the event’s website.

San Francisco Foundation, February 8, 2010

Co-director Sarah Burd-Sharps and Advisory Panel member Carla Javits will present the results of the American Human Development Project to invited guests of the San Francisco Foundation. The presentation will focus on the implications of the Project’s work for the State of California. February 8, 2010, from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM at the San Francisco Foundation, 225 Bush Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA. For invitation information, please contact Scott Owens,, by Feb. 1.

Rationing Healthcare? We’re Already Doing It

December 4, 2009 – Carnegie Ethics Online

A Paradox of Plenty – Hunger in America

November 24, 2009 – Reuters

In Rural Kentucky, A Surprising Twist On The Health Debate

November 13, 2009 – Kaiser Health News

Unhealthy America

November 4, 2009 – The New York Times

Women Gaining Ground in the Oilfield

November 2, 2009 – The Daily Comet

Annual Conference of the San Diego Grantmakers, October 29, 2009

Co-directors Lewis and Burd-Sharps will address the San Diego Grantmakers as they look at “The Future of Philanthropy: Creating Silver Linings.”

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UCLA School of Public Affairs, October 27, 2009

Co-directors Lewis and Burd-Sharps will present their new work to a public audience at the Public Affairs Building, UCLA School of Public Affairs, at 4:00 PM.

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Damsel in Distress Seeks Better Policies, Bigger Paycheck, Prince Who Does Housework

October 22, 2009 – The Huffington Post

Dropout Prevention Should Be Top of the Class

October 13, 2009 – The Huffington Post

In Louisiana, a Great Racial Divide

October 13, 2009 – Daily Kos

A chance for real improvement

September 28, 2009 – The Daily Comet

G-20 Missed the Point: The Real Wealth of Nations is People

September 28, 2009 – The Huffington Post

Report shows ‘huge’ disparities

September 23, 2009 – Houma Today

Report: Life expectancy for African-Americans in N.O. rival that of some developing nations

September 18, 2009 – WWLTV

New Orleans Blacks Don’t Live As Long As North Koreans

September 18, 2009 – Hip Hop Wired

GDP an Inaccurate Measure of Stark Disparities in United States, Fails to Show Whole Picture in Louisiana

September 18, 2009 – The Huffington Post

Racial, economic disparities revealed in new report on living conditions in Louisiana

September 17, 2009 – The Times-Picayune

Lifespan of African-Americans in New Orleans Rivals North Koreans

September 17, 2009 – The Huffington Post

Unnerving Statistics

September 17, 2009 – New York Times Economix Blog

Sarkozy: GDP Is a Limited Measure

September 14, 2009 – Marketplace

Health Habits vs. Life Expectancy vs. Spending

August 19, 2009 – New York Times Economix Blog

Philanthropy In/Sight: Mapping the Future

July 22, 2009 – Philantopic

Creating a world of good – Foundation Center presents interactive philanthropy visualization

July 20, 2009 – The Daily Tell

Philanthropy In/Sight: Mapping Foundations

July 15, 2009 – Tactical Philanthropy

Black Kids Close the Gap in Reading: Still Trail Their Peers

July 14, 2009 – National Public Radio News Blog

Foundation Center Launches “Philanthropy In/Sight,” July 13, 2009

Drawing on data from the American Human Development Index and the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, “Philanthropy In/Sight” is a one-of-a-kind data visualization platform for better understanding the impact of philanthropy throughout the world.

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Tool shows benefits of education in communities

July 13, 2009 – The Herald Dispatch

South Side Education News & Notes

July 2, 2009 – South Side News Leader

National Civic Summit, July 15-17, 2009

Sarah Burd-Sharps presents “The Measure of America: Moving Beyond Wealth to Measuring Progress” as part of the National Civic Summit in Minneapolis: 3PM, Friday, July 17, Minneapolis Hilton Salon Stage.

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The Human Development Index–A Better Measure Of Where We Stand

June 6, 2009 – Open Left

Some More Stuff From the American Human Development Project

June 5, 2009 – The Map Scroll

What’s New: From the U.S. Department of Education

May 29, 2009 – Education Innovator

Going Back in Time: Progress, or Lack Thereof, Around the Country

May 27, 2009 – The New York Times

Let them eat cake, educationally speaking

May 27, 2009 – Show Me Progress

Improving state’s future rests with more education

May 19, 2009 – NewsOK

We Can Pay for Education Today – Or Prisons Tomorrow

May 14, 2009 – Huffington Post

Website estimates education’s effect on health, crime, income

May 13, 2009 – USA Today

Can America Fail?

Spring 2009 – The Wilson Quarterly

The Measure of America: American Human Development Report, 2008-2009

March 19, 2009 – The New England Journal of Medicine

America is #… 15?

March 4, 2009 – The Nation

More families are struggling as the economic divide widens

February 8, 2009 – Deseret News

A Portrait of Mississippi: A New Report Shines Light on Poverty in the Struggling State

February 2, 2009 – Facing South

The Measure of America….by Hugh Hamilton

February 1, 2009 – …and Another Thing

Interview with co-author Kristen Lewis on “A Portrait of Mississippi”

January 27, 2009 – Talk Back WBAI- New York

Report Shows That Mississippi Blacks Have Worse Outcomes Than Whites on Some Quality of Life Indicator

January 27, 2009 – Kaiser Daily

Mississippi Human Development Maps

January 27, 2009 – Vox

Study: Life Span of Black Males in Miss. Shorter

January 27, 2009 – Clarion Ledger

“Favorite Books of 2008” – #1

January 3, 2009 – The Globalist

“The Measure of America” – Website of the Day

December 18, 2008 – Larry Ferlazo

Social Determinants of Health

December 2008 – Health Affairs

An Obama Holiday: What To Give A Progressive President And His Team

December 5, 2008 – Huffington Post

5 Truths About Health Care in America

December 1, 2008 – Time Magazine

The Good Life

November/December 2008 – Boston Review

Chicago Access Network TV, November 30, 2008

“The Measure of America: Bringing Human Rights Home” to be aired at 3:00pm on Chicago Access Network TV21 featuring a panel discussion with co-director Sarah Burd-Sharp.

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Making Ends Meet In The Middle

November 23, 2008 – Tampa Tribune

The Need to Combine Social and Health Policy

November 18, 2008 – Boston Globe

Illinois 2008 Poverty Summit, December 10, 2008

For those in Illinois, Sarah Burd-Sharps, Co-director of the Measure of America, is scheduled to speak on a plenary panel for the state on December 10, 2008.

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Carnegie Council on Ethics in International Affairs, December 4, 2008

Presented by the authors of The Measure of America, the Carnegia Council is hosting a discussion on the progress of the United States compared with other OECD nations on measures of human development. Below is the event’s information and website:

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For Many Families, Gap’s Getting Wider

October 26, 2008 – Free Lance-Star

Altarum Policy Roundtable, October 23, 2008

“Measuring Human Development in America,” was presented at the Altarum Institute, a DC-based nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization serving government and private-sector clients.

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Watch Out For Pitfalls During Financial Turmoil

October 19, 2008 – Montgomery Advertiser

Rail, Economy On Table

October 1, 2008 – Reston Connection

Health Care: The Other Answer

September 25, 2008 – Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Southern California Grantmakers, November 19, 2008

For those in SoCal, the authors of The Measure of America will be giving a plenary speech at the Southern California Grantmakers 35th Annual Conference on November 19th.

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Shriver Center Dialogue, October 17, 2008

The Measure of America co-author Sarah Burds-Sharp will join others on a panel to discuss the meaning of human rights in the United States. Sponsored by the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, the dialogue will take place on Friday, October 17, 2008 at 8:15am CDT in Chicago, IL. For more information, please visit the event’s website.

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Seminars: Failing Health In America, October 1, 2008

The authors of The Measure of America, Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, will be presenting a series of tele-seminars sponsored by The Foundation for American Communications (FACS). The next two seminars are scheduled for October 1st and 8th at 2:00pm ET and will cover the topic of education disparities. Afterwards on October 14th and 21st, there will be two additional teleseminars on standard of living at 2:00pm ET on each of those dates as well. For more information and to register for free, click here.

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Hey Big Number, Make Room For The Rest Of Us

August 31, 2008 – New York Times

Forming A More Perfect Measure

August 31, 2008 – New York Times

Improving the Human Condition

August 20, 2008 – Santa Monica Daily Press

Interview with Co-Author Kristen Lewis

August 15, 2008 – Audio: Bread and Roses, KBOO

The American Human Development Report

August 5, 2008 – PolySigh

Audio: Chicago Public Radio, August 4, 2008

“U.S. Lags Behind on Human Development Index”

A Measure of Who We Are

August 2, 2008 – Brattleboro Reformer

Quality of Life Study; Live Longer, Prosper Elsewhere

July 28, 2008 – Northwest Indiana and Illinois Times

Audio: Saturday Morning Talkies, KPFA, July 26, 2008

Interview with Co-Author Kristen Lewis

Congressman Jim Moran’s News Commentary

July 24, 2008 Fall Church News Press

$217 Million per hour on healthcare, but U.S. still falls Short

July 23, 2008 – Los Angeles Times

Invitation to Testify Before Congress, July 23, 2008

Just one day after the launch, the report’s authors were invited by Senator Charles Schumer of New York, Chair of the Joint Economic Committee, to testify at a hearing next week entitled “How Much More Can American Families Be Squeezed By Stagnant Wages, Skyrocketing Household Costs, And Falling Home Prices?”

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Study: Coastal OC Healthy, Wealthy, Wise

July 22, 2008 OC Register

Moderate and Lower Earners Under More Pressure

July 22, 2008 Reuters

US Slips Down Development Index

July 22, 2008 BBC News

Audio: Day To Day, NPR, July 21, 2008

“Tough Economic Times in Fresno”

Commentary by Richard Florida

July 21, 2008 Creative Class

New report ranks the San Joaquin Valley one of the nation’s Poorest

July 18, 2008 Bakersfield Now

Human Development Project Introduces New Measurement of Americans’ Well-Being

July 18, 2008 Philanthropy News Digest, Foundation Center

Audio: The Takeaway, PRI, July 18, 2008

Radio Interview with John Hockenberry

New Study Ranks U.S. Well-Being

July 17, 2008 Washington Times

“American Inequality Highlighted by 30-year Gap in Life Expectancy

July 17, 2008 – Independent (UK)

Measuring America

July 17, 2008 – Time Magazine

Part of Central Valley Ranks Last in National Study of Quality of Life

July 17, 2008 – Los Angeles Times

Development: US fails to Measure up on ‘Human Index’

July 17, 2008 UK Guardian

Hard to be an Optimistic American

July 16, 2008 – Daily Kos

Results are in: California’s San Joaquin Valley is the Worst

July 16, 2008 – McClatchy Newspapers

Florida Ranks 24th in New Measure of U.S. Well-Being

July 16, 2008 – Tampa Tribune

National Press Club Unveiling, July 16, 2008

The American Human Development Project released “The Measure of America” on July 16th at a news conference held at the National Press Club.

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U.S. Human Development Report Release, July 16, 2008

The American Human Development Project will release “The Measure of America: American Human Development Report 2008-2009,” the first-ever report about human development in the United States

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Capitol Hill Briefings, July 14, 2008

In the days before the launch, co-authors Kristen, Sarah and Eduardo made courtesy calls to the offices of a number of senators and representatives, particularly those in the bottom congressional districts and states, in order to share the report, explain the findings, and answer questions.

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The Measure of America on YouTube

You can now find out more about the Measure of America on YouTube.

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