A Pathway Out of Poverty: A National Conversation and Call to Action
The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private, grant making foundation based in Flint, Michigan who believes education, economic participation and community engagement are critical to moving low-income Americans toward greater prosperity. These three areas are the pillars of the foundation’s programming to address poverty in the U.S. Through their generosity, the RFSP and the C.S. Mott Foundation will launch a national discussion to build a “Knowledge Community” to empower practitioners, supporters, and policymakers in identifying and sharing “what works.” A national Knowledge Community convening will allow experts within the field to share successful strategies to both refine the quality of their respective college preparatory, access, and college completion programs and increase the value added to its constituency. In this regard, support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation will enable RFS to bring together the relevant players in college access field, to disseminate knowledge that can be generalized and used by policymakers, practitioners and researchers to promote the most creative and effective programs and policies for ensuring college access and success for underserved youth. Broader discussions examining U.S. policies and practices that inhibit social mobility will be explored and its residual impact on Educational achievement. The innovative convening is scheduled for the fall of 2013 on our university’s flagship campus-Rutgers University New Brunswick.