47th Annual Conference | April 19 – 22, 2017 | Minneapolis, MN USA | Hyatt Regency Minneapolis Hotel | #UAA2017 | urbanaffairsassociation.org | urbanaffairsassociation.org/conference/

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Friday, April 21 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
FR3.30.14 Open Eyes, Open Minds: Discovery and Mobility Interventions for At-Risk Urban Adolescent Populations

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In high poverty urban neighborhoods, there is a lack of financial resources, limited access to start-up capital and immediate economic opportunities. Individuals largely interact with other under-resourced individuals, arguably hindering consistent exposure to mainstream norms and ultimately limiting opportunities for mobility. For instance, in high poverty urban settings, there is a relative lack of networked social and occupational connections. There is a lack of exposure to middle-class academic opportunities and higher education institutions. There is a lack of exposure to professional occupational activities, such as doctors, lawyers, therapists, analysts, and accountants. There is a lack of exposure to middle-class banking and financial institutions, including financial literacy and investment techniques. The challenges for exposure, mobility and success are daunting in high poverty settings. In response, I propose innovative community-based interventions under the umbrella title, Open Eyes, Open Minds, for at-risk adolescent urban populations. In pursuit of evening the odds for success, Open Eyes, Open Minds, interventions seek to expose at-risk adolescent urban populations to the experiences and pathways to success enjoyed by middle-class families.

Adam Butz, California State University, Long Beach


Friday April 21, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Mirage (2nd Floor--foyer area)