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Can the Millennial Generation Achieve the American Dream?

Currently the Millennial Generation is graduating from college and facing an illusive American Dream, characterized by a difficult job market, mountains of student loans, and other struggles.  Though, for excellent reasons, a great deal of emphasis is placed on individuals experiencing hardships because of a lack of or poor schooling, the issues facing current college students and graduates have fallen by the wayside.  This reality is troubling not only because their voice is not being heard, but also because they are in a situation that our culture, policies, and parents yearn for our young children to strive for.  What does it mean for our education policies if educated students are struggling?  What needs to be done to help? 

OpportunityNation, a new campaign of our friends at Be the Change focused on increasing opportunity and economic mobility in America, will be hosting two conversations at Northeastern University (not affiliated) on August 9 and 11 with college students and recent graduates to talk about barriers to opportunity in the current economic climate.  And you are all invited!  During this conversation college students and/or graduates can share their stories about the realities behind achieving the “American Dream” in today’s world, and can propose suggestions for solutions that could help.  If interested in engaging in this important conversation, you will not only create connections with others facing similar issues, but will also participate in a national movement that plans to address these issues in the coming year through political and cultural tactics.

Please RSVP to Winfred Fields at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and provide your name, how you found about this conversation, and which session you will attend.  Food, drink and AC! will be provided, and feel free to bring a friend.

“As a 21 year old about to graduate from college the job market and economic climate are pretty terrifying.” - Student Comment, New York Times

Session 1
Date: Monday, August 9 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Location: Frost Lounge at Northeastern University

Session 2
Date: Wednesday, August 11 at 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Location: Frost Lounge at Northeastern University

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