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Inflation is becoming worse for Americans on a fixed income

Inflation is becoming worse for Americans on a fixed income

Today, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that in April the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose by 0.4%, not seasonally adjusted. Year over year, the CPI has gone up 4.9% in the last 12 months. The Georgia Center for Opportunity’s (GCO) take: “Not only has the...

Free the Future Campaign Making an Impact in Columbus

Free the Future Campaign Making an Impact in Columbus

Key Points Free the Future is an initiative of the Mayor of Columbus Georgia’s Commission on Reentry, in partnership with the Urban League of the Chattahoochee Valley. The Georgia Center for Opportunity’s BETTER WORK Columbus program director, Kristin Barker, is...

Why parental involvement is key to a child’s health

Why parental involvement is key to a child’s health

Key Points Parental involvement makes a big difference in children's development. Students with involved parents have better attendance and behavior, get better grades, demonstrate better social skills and adapt better to school. Parents need access to tools, which is...

Education successes from the 2023 Georgia legislative session

Education successes from the 2023 Georgia legislative session

We have much to celebrate as the 2023 Georgia legislative session comes to a close. At the same time, there is still much work to be done. That’s what this blog post is all about. First, we’ll take a look at recent victories in the area of education during the...

Lyft and BETTER WORK Unite

Lyft and BETTER WORK Unite

Key Points Transportation is a barrier for some when it comes to maintaining employment. Lyft saw a need in the community and stepped in to fill the gap.  Lyft’s free rides have assisted BETTER WORK participants and given them time to make a plan. “You’re hired!”...

Georgia is poised to expand workforce opportunity

Georgia is poised to expand workforce opportunity

Key Points Georgia General Assembly, lawmakers unanimously approved House Bill 155, which creates a pathway for thousands of Georgians who might face roadblocks to getting an occupational license to smooth the path for doing so, provided they held a license One in...

BETTER WORK has resources for high school students

BETTER WORK has resources for high school students

Key Points Not every high school graduate will attend college. There are strong career paths available for those who are ready to learn.  Jobs in the water industry are plentiful.  In addition to excellent pay and stability, careers in the water field offer...

The GCO 2022 year in review

The GCO 2022 year in review

Curious about our projects. progress, and achievements over the past year? The Georgia Center for Opportunity 2022 Annual Report is now available online. This year-in-review consolidates the most crucial information about where we’ve been and where we’re headed, all...

MEDIA MENTIONS

Local organizations host first meeting for community collaborative effort, ‘The Columbus Empowerment Network’

Georgia announces new program to attend colleges

A new Georgia program to grant academic eligibility for direct admission to Georgia’s 22 technical colleges is a "win for Georgia," a leading business group said. On Thursday, Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, and state leaders announced GEORGIA MATCH, which they touted...

Local organizations host first meeting for community collaborative effort, ‘The Columbus Empowerment Network’

The Ripple Effect of Local Philanthropy

Reflecting on her two-month tenure, Ms. T remarked, "Things are going great. I'm beyond pleased with the job. It's hard to believe it's approaching two months; it feels longer." The center emphasizes that continuous backing, via one-time or recurring donations,...

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Deep Red Valleys Report

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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