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WGBH Forum Network; Trying to Achieve the American Dream in Boston

05/23/2007

Trying to Achieve the American Dream in Boston Elisabeth D. Babcock, president, Crittenton Women's Union Carole Berotte Joseph, president, MassBay Community College Casey Recupero, executive director, Year Up Jeffrey Sanchez, Representative, D-MA Shirley Leung, Sunday business editor, Boston Globe According to a recent poll conducted by United Way analyzing the availability of the American Dream, one of the biggest obstacles perceived by Bostonians was financial issues and problems with the local economy including a lack of stable, well-paying jobs. This is especially true among minorities; almost 80% of Black residents said the lack of good paying jobs is a major obstacle to achieving the American Dream in Boston, and over 60% of Latino residents agreed. But what are the keys to securing well-paid, stable jobs? And how can we ensure employment opportunities are equally available to all of Greater Boston's residents? What roles can community colleges play in enhancing Boston's workforce? Is there a place for non-profit organizations in preparing residents for quality jobs? Are we adequately preparing our workforce for a future in the state's leading industries, like health, biotech, and service? How can we improve? Panelists explore what structures and networks are available in Boston to give residents the tools from basic reading and writing skills to more complex teachings in technology, science and math to find solid employment and move into financial stability.


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WGBH Forum Network
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Trying to Achieve the American Dream in Boston
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3537

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TRYING TO ACHIEVE THE AMERICAN DREAM IN BOSTON ELISABETH D. BABCOCK, PRESIDENT, CRITTENTON WOMEN'S UNION CAROLE BEROTTE JOSEPH, PRESIDENT, MASSBAY COMMUNITY COLLEGE CASEY RECUPERO, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, YEAR UP JEFFREY SANCHEZ, REPRESENTATIVE, D-MA SHIRLEY LEUNG, SUNDAY BUSINESS EDITOR, BOSTON GLOBE

ACCORDING TO A RECENT POLL CONDUCTED BY UNITED WAY ANALYZING THE AVAILABILITY OF THE AMERICAN DREAM, ONE OF THE BIGGEST OBSTACLES PERCEIVED BY BOSTONIANS WAS FINANCIAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS WITH THE LOCAL ECONOMY INCLUDING A LACK OF STABLE, WELL-PAYING JOBS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY TRUE AMONG MINORITIES; ALMOST 80% OF BLACK RESIDENTS SAID THE LACK OF GOOD PAYING JOBS IS A MAJOR OBSTACLE TO ACHIEVING THE AMERICAN DREAM IN BOSTON, AND OVER 60% OF LATINO RESIDENTS AGREED.

BUT WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO SECURING WELL-PAID, STABLE JOBS? AND HOW CAN WE ENSURE EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ARE EQUALLY AVAILABLE TO ALL OF GREATER BOSTON'S RESIDENTS? WHAT ROLES CAN COMMUNITY COLLEGES PLAY IN ENHANCING BOSTON'S WORKFORCE? IS THERE A PLACE FOR NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS IN PREPARING RESIDENTS FOR QUALITY JOBS? ARE WE ADEQUATELY PREPARING OUR WORKFORCE FOR A FUTURE IN THE STATE'S LEADING INDUSTRIES, LIKE HEALTH, BIOTECH, AND SERVICE? HOW CAN WE IMPROVE?

PANELISTS EXPLORE WHAT STRUCTURES AND NETWORKS ARE AVAILABLE IN BOSTON TO GIVE RESIDENTS THE TOOLS FROM BASIC READING AND WRITING SKILLS TO MORE COMPLEX TEACHINGS IN TECHNOLOGY, SCIENCE AND MATH TO FIND SOLID EMPLOYMENT AND MOVE INTO FINANCIAL STABILITY.

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