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Community-Centered Design for Racial Equity in New Orleans

In February 2020, at a momentous time globally, we launched the long-planned Family-Centered Coaching for Racial Equity Project in partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and eight organizations committed to advancing racial equity. We are guided by community members and stakeholders in each step of our process. Read more about how we first launched our working group, mapped local stakeholders, and …

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Innovative Approaches to Family-Centered Coaching: Six Partner Experiences

Family-Centered Coaching is not a one-size-fits-approach. As we’ve worked with organizations around the country we’ve been honored to see each live into the approach in their own way. Through a culture of learning, coaches and their leadership have built the relationships and continuous improvement to center programs on the services that families need and deserve. Through the leadership …

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Community Insights on Racial Equity in New Orleans

Last February we launched the Family-Centered Coaching for Racial Equity Project in partnership with W.K. Kellogg Foundation and eight organizations committed to advancing racial equity.  We are guided by community members and stakeholders in each step of our process. This details how we created the New Orleans Community Insight Report and what we plan to …

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We’re Partnering for an Equitable Recovery: Supporting Employers to Hire People with Conviction Histories

At The Prosperity Agenda, we approach quality jobs by working on both sides of the labor market; especially with employers to increase access to quality jobs, create pathways to wage growth, and invite employees to use their full set of talents at work. Our latest partnership, The Inclusive Recovery Project, seeks to broadly build employment …

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Announcing the Family-Centered Coaching for Racial Equity Project

Government-sponsored assistance programs have generally addressed poverty largely by “bringing discipline to the lives of the poor” rather than actually seeking to eradicate it. Programs like food and housing assistance are often conditional based on “good behavior.” This is especially prevalent, and problematic, for families in communities of color. To move from poverty to prosperity, …

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Emerging Research: Optimizing Coaching for Family Experience at GST Michigan Works

Beginning in 2016, GST Michigan Works and SEMCA Michigan Works participated in research with ABT Associates, Mathematica, and the Office of the Administration for Families and Services to understand more about the impact and implementation of a coaching approach for people receiving cash assistance. The Prosperity Agenda trained selected staff at both agencies on an …

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Evaluating Money Powerup Packs in 7 TANF Sites in Washington State

It is often implied that families experiencing poverty make bad financial decisions–that if they were better money managers, they would not be in poverty at all. This harmful narrative underlies too much of the financial education offered (sometimes mandated) to these same families. Financial education can better help people achieve their financial goals by prioritizing …

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Taking Action on Financial Wellness in Times of Stress

We know that money is already often weighing on the minds of people experiencing poverty. And during these times of extreme uncertainty, people’s main financial concerns become even more immediate rather than long-term. The National Endowment for Financial Education found that 7 out of 10 people are concerned about their finances during COVID-19 and nearly …

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Working Together: What Frontline Staff Want You To Know About Safety, Engagement, and Resilience

Employers have the responsibility and opportunity to protect worker and customer safety, create pathways to wage growth, and invite employees to use their full set of talents at work. Based on three years of extensive research and testing with over 200 frontline workers, their managers, and organizational leaders, The Prosperity Agenda developed this Working Together …

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Family-Guided Innovation: How We Made Money Powerup Packs

We are excited to announce that our work to co-design Money Powerup Packs with guidance of low-income families is featured in the inaugural issue of Journal of Participatory Research Methods. This new journal is committed to showcasing interdisciplinary practices related to participatory research methods in the poverty alleviation field.  When we started the Savings Initiative …

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