Video: What Does Opportunity Mean to You?

October 24, 2012

At the 2012 Opportunity Nation Summit in Washington, DC, SparkAction asked youth and adult ally participants what opportunity means to them and why it's important now.

What does opportunity mean to you?

The Opportunity Nation Summit focused on creating opportunities for youth all around the country -- especially those who have become disenfranchised and disengaged from pathways to employment and learning opportunities -- and how to get all youth in the U.S. back on track. 

This is an issue pertinent to all of the heated debates in this country right now -- from the economy and jobs to being competitve and defensively strong among the rest of the world, the future of today's youth lies on the shoulders of policymakers, Congress, and young people themselves. 

The informative and inspiring two-day event brought together young alumni of engagement programs such as Youth Build, Year Up, Public Allies, and the Corps Network, and also staff, CEO's and executive directors, and professional advocates to help understand why our youth is something we need to talk about now, and how to spread the word to those who can join this fight and help create a future that is great for youth and the United States.


What's your definition of opportunity? Share what opportunity means to you in the comment section below.



For more on opportunity youth:

SparkAction's original blog series featuring reconnected youth and adult experts.

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Opportunity is all about freedom to choose and pursue your own path. Young people shouldn&;t have barriers to a good education or jobs that will help them build a career. But that means older generations need to give them a helping hand - the same way we were mentored and supported when we were starting out.