Robin Hood CEO Wes Moore joined WorkingNation Editor-in-Chief Ramona Schindelheim for an open and honest conversation about eliminating barriers to economic opportunities.
Wes Moore leads Robin Hood, one of the largest anti-poverty organizations in the country. He is also the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Other Wes Moore. His the second book, The Work, was also a bestseller. And his latest book Five Days: The Fiery Reckoning of an American City, co-authored by award-winning journalist Erica L. Green, will be available later this year.
More than 38 million people live in poverty in the United States. That’s nearly 12% of the nation’s population. Another 30%—93.6 million—live close to the poverty line. Funding early childhood and K-12 education, job training programs, and programs that provide health, housing, and economic security are key to eliminating barriers to economic opportunities. He examine the role of nonprofits in improving living standards for these Americans.
“One of the most heartbreaking things about poverty is our level of toleration of it. The fact that we don’t have to exist, our society does not have to exist with the kind of poverty levels we have. We have chosen to.”–Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood
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