October 17, 2016

Las Vegas, NV

The Children’s Opportunity Forum

Millions of US children face social and economic barriers 
 to achievement and success. How do we make opportunity accessible to all children?

In October, we and our partners hosted a nonpartisan day of activities examining the opportunity gap among children in America, and what it will take to close it. The Robert Putnam lecture is over, but you can watch the video of the Town Hall, which includes a special appearance by Dr. Putnam.

Watch: #KidsOpportunity Town Hall

Schedule of Events

Windmill Library Auditorium

Doors: 12:30PM / Event: 1:00PM

Children’s Opportunity Town Hall

Join national thought leaders, grassroots activists, families and community members for a powerful conversation about the barriers to children’s opportunity. (Also invited: high-level surrogates from the presidential candidates’ campaigns, to share their plans for closing the opportunity gap.)

Panelists include (full bios)

  • Moderator: Clarence Page, Chicago Tribune
  • Jodi Grant,
    Afterschool Alliance
  • Katharine Stevens,
    American Enterprise Institute
  • Bharti Wahi,
    Children’s Defense Fund
  • Randi Schmidt,
    Children’s Leadership Council
  • Dr. Patricia Foxen,
    National Council of La Raza
  • Alieza Durana,
    New America
  • Monique Rizer,
    Opportunity Nation
  • Judith Jerald,
    Save the Children Action Network
  • Shanequa Levin,
    Every Child Matters
  • Dr. Michael Maxwell,
    Nevada Association for the Education of Young Children

Student Union Ballroom

Doors: 5:30PM / Event: 6:00PM

Robert Putnam: Our Kids & The American Dream in Crisis

Renowned Harvard social scientist Robert Putnam shares findings from his book Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, which looks at how the promise of the American dream eludes millions of children, and the policy solutions that would close the widening opportunity gap. "No one can finish this book and feel complacent about equal opportunity" (The New York Times Book Review). Register to attend in person or to watch the livestream or a one-time re-broadcast online.



Town Hall Meeting

Windmill Library Auditorium
7060 W. Windmill Lane
Las Vegas, NV 89113

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Putnam Lecture

Student Union Ballroom
University of Nevada Las Vegas
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Paradise, NV 89154
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