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Opportunity Nation Comes To West Virginia

Opportunity Nation has put together the Opportunity Index folks here in West Virginia hope will help them improve social mobility in the state.
Opportunity Nation has put together the Opportunity Index folks here in West Virginia hope will help them improve social mobility in the state.
April 26, 2013

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Folks working to improve social mobility in West Virginia will be meeting Monday to look at a new tool to reach that goal.

Russell Krumnow, coalition manager with the bipartisan campaign Opportunity Nation, will be in Charleston at the annual conference of the West Virginia Community Action Partnership talking about the group's opportunity index.

The index rates states and counties for things such as education and civic engagement.

He says it's less daunting than it sounds, and can actually give people the tools they need to tackle big, complex problems without getting stuck in hopeless political debates.

"Allow this information to be empowering and not overwhelming,” he says. “Employers need a skilled, educated, high-quality workforce to be competitive. That's just simply not a partisan thing; that's an American goal that we all share around expanding opportunity."

The index ranks West Virginia at 43, with good numbers for crime and high school graduation, but low numbers for college degrees and income.

Krumnow says the country lost a lot of social mobility when machines replaced many high-wage industrial jobs. But he points to one way the data suggests a community can help – by making sure young people either work or stay in school.

And he says it's definitely possible to find ways to reach them.

"Job fairs, skill-training programs, to specifically reach maybe talking about hundreds of youth,” he says. “Connecting young people with the skills they need and therefore become taxpayers and have the ability to form stable families."

Krumnow has high praise for the state's Community Action Agencies, the folks he'll be talking with Monday. He says they not only help a lot of families in crisis, but also do a huge amount to address root causes.

And he stresses that when it comes to young people who are disconnected from work and education, everyone can do something.

"You could mentor a young person,” he says. “Or if you have more organizational ties, you could work on more apprenticeships, or job training, or even just shadowing days at your place of business."

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV