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COMING OUT OF PRISON, KEVIN WAS LOOKING FOR MORE THAN A JOB

With roadblocks at every crossroad, Kevin was simply looking for someone to give him a chance. His story is an inspirational reminder of how important work is to our self-worth.

How to ease the labor shortage by fixing the social safety net

How to ease the labor shortage by fixing the social safety net

The United States is in the enviable position of having a labor force crunch: Too few workers chasing too many jobs. There is no shortage of speculation among economists about solutions to this labor shortfall. But one factor that could help, and is too often ignored,...

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney’s ‘One Door’ bill would allow states to integrate social safety net with workforce development

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney’s ‘One Door’ bill would allow states to integrate social safety net with workforce development

The One Door to Work Act, introduced by Sen. Mitt Romney, would allow states the flexibility to implement Utah’s model of consolidating federal workforce development and social safety-net programs into a single state entity. The end goal is to help work-capable recipients reintegrate more quickly into the workforce, empowering them to achieve the independence, stability, and purpose that are crucial to human well-being.

BETTER WORK

TRUTH GRAF FOUND HER VOICE AND BECAME A CHAMPION FOR PRISON REFORM

PROGRAMS

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BETTER WORK

Bringing local non-profits and businesses together to provide work for our communities.

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BENEFITS CLIFFS

A website for identifying unintended consequences of policy that traps people in dependencies.

Understanding Benefits Cliffs
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ALLIANCE FOR OPPORTUNITY

A multi-state coalition designed to create policy that empowers low-income citizens to move above government dependency and find true opportunity.

POLICY

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BENEFITS OF WORK

Work is more than a job and numerous studies outline the positive personal and societal impacts of work.

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SAFETY NET REFORM

Addressing safety net policies so that we meet needs while removing obstacles that trap people without helping people.

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IMPACT OF NONWORK

Studies and data showing the impact nonwork has on individuals and communities outside.

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PRISONER RE-ENTRY

Resources for returning citizens to help bring opportunity and hope.

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HIRING EX-OFFENDERS

How and why businesses can institute second chance programs in their community.

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PAID FAMILY LEAVE

How businesses can support and foster strong families through workplace initiatives.

ADDITIONAL POLICY 

INTERGENERATIONAL POVERTY

Exploring ways to break the cycle of poverty passed from generation-to-generation.

CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE

The opportunity for abuse and the lack of accountability is resulting in a system of corruption.

POLICY HANDBOOK

A handbook on the public policies that will lead to a thriving Georgia.

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIPS

Offering opportunities that will jump start opportunity for youth in our communities.

SAFETY NET REFORMS

Addressing safety net policies so that we meet needs while removing obstacles that trap people without helping people.

STATE PANDEMIC RESPONSE

State-by-state data on the jobless impact of state responses to the pandemic.

Cooperation Needed to Solve Welfare Cliff Problem

States should consider adopting common principles on the best ways to make the system more rational and also work together to achieve success.

Confirmed. Welfare Cliffs Pervasive in 8 Southeast States

A review of the welfare cliffs that exist in the southeast of the United States and how legislatures can identify where cliffs exist in their state. 

YOUTH APPRENTICESHIP IN GEORGIA

Dr. Lerman’s most recent report, focuses on Georgia’s Youth Apprenticeship program, created in the mid 1990s with fewer than 400 student participants. Today, the program has grown to more than 3,000 students in nearly 350 schools across the state. 

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 1 THE CASE FOR REFORM

Part 1 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. This report demonstrates how the current system does not meet these assumptions and points to the need for reform.

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 2 PRINCIPLES AND FRAMEWORK FOR REFORM

Part 2 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. In this report we explore the new system as we imagine it could be, give guiding principles, provide a general framework for how the reformed system can function, and establish preliminary steps needed to implement the vision.

SYSTEMIC WELFARE IN GEORGIA: PART 3 HOW THE NEW SYSTEM WILL WORK

Part 3 of 3 in a report on systemic welfare. In the final report we present a structure Georgia’s governor and executive agencies could adopt to effectively and in relatively short order implement a reformed system.

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OUR WORK STAFF

Eric Cochling

Eric Cochling

Chief Program Officer

Kristin Barker

Kristin Barker

VP of Workforce Solutions

Luisa Beeco

Luisa Beeco

BETTER WORK Gwinnett Program Manager

Amber Gorman

Amber Gorman

Program Specialist BETTER WORK Columbus

Carolina Pachon

Carolina Pachon

Program Specialist BETTER WORK Gwinnett

Erik Randolph

Erik Randolph

Director Of Research

Kelsey Underwood

Kelsey Underwood

VP of Strategy and Product

Download Fortifying Pathways

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DownloadGeorgia School Choice Handbook

DownloadGeorgia School Choice Handbook

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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

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

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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