Waypoint tackles issue of poverty in NH in October 4 conference

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CONCORD, NH Which neighborhoods in America offer children the best chance to rise out of poverty?  Waypoint, in partnership with the NH Children’s Lobby, will explore that question on October 4 in UPWARD, a conference on rising out of poverty in NH. The event will happen from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Grappone Conference Center, Concord.

UPWARD will share findings from The Opportunity Atlas, an interactive map following 20 million Americans from childhood to their mid-thirties, which shows how future prospects for children can differ from one neighborhood to the next.  The Atlas reveals factors that can either launch people on a trajectory of success or trap them in profound inequality.  This conference will look at where and for whom opportunity has been missing and help to develop local solutions to help children in New Hampshire to rise out of poverty.

Professor Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University, and Samuel F. and Rose B. Gingold professor of human development and social policy, will be the keynote speaker.  Acevedo-Garcia is known for her research on the social determinants of racial/ethnic inequities in health, and the role of social policies in reducing inequities.

In 2017-19, Dr. Acevedo-Garcia was a member of the congressionally-mandated National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine committee on building an agenda to reduce the number of children in poverty half in 10 years. The committee’s report “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty” was released in February 2019.

The conference will also feature panelists, Sebi Devlin-Foltz and Jess Carson.  Devlin-Foltz is a policy associate from Opportunity Insights, a research and policy nonprofit based in the Harvard economics department, whose work focuses on improving economic mobility for low-income families.  Carson, Ph.D., is a research assistant professor with the Vulnerable Families Research Program at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire.

Admission to the UPWARD conference is $40 per person.  For details and to register, visit www.waypointnh.org or call 603-518-4156.  Limited scholarships are available.