National Youth Summit - War on Poverty

April 28, 2015

Transcript of the webcast                          Transcript of the online chat

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In 1962, author Michael Harrington, in his book The Other America, estimated that about one fourth of the population of the United States was living in poverty.  In January 1964, President Lyndon Johnson proposed “an all-out war on human poverty,” pledging “the most Federal support in history for education, for health, for retraining the unemployed, and for helping the economically and the physically handicapped.”  Many of the programs that the War on Poverty created--including Headstart, Medicare and Medicaid--are familiar to us today.  But are they working, fifty years later?  Did we “win” the War on Poverty? What does poverty look like today? Do we need another War on Poverty? And what can young people do about the issue? We discussed these questions with experts and students at the 2015 National Youth Summit, held on April 28, 2015.

Speakers:

Marcia ChatelainDr. Marcia Chatelain is Associate Professor in the Department of History at Georgetown University, where she writes and teaches about African-American migration, women's and girls' history, and race and food.  In 2014, Dr. Chatelain created #fergusonsyllabus to encourage educators to discuss the national crisis in Ferguson, Missouri.

 

Peter EdelmanProfessor Peter Edelman is the Carmack Waterhouse Professor of Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, where he teachers constitutional law and poverty law and is faculty director of the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality. Professor Edelman has been Associate Dean of the Law Center, Director of the New York State Division for Youth, and Vice President of the University of Massachusetts. He was a Legislative Assistant to Senator Robert F. Kennedy and was Issues Director for Senator Edward Kennedy's Presidential campaign in 1980.

Melissa BoteachMelissa Boteach is the Vice President of Half in Ten and the Poverty and Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress. In this capacity she oversees American Progress's poverty and policy development and analysis, as well as "Half in Ten: The Campaign to Cut Poverty in Half in Ten Years."

 

Michael TannerMichael Tanner is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute. In that capacity, he heads research into a variety of domestic policies with a particular emphasis on health care reform, social welfare policy, and Social Security.

 

 

Participating in the online chat:

Dr. Alvaro Cortes is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates, where he several high-profile projects that focus on vulnerable populations and neighborhoods. He has extensive experience working with homeless populations, producing annual reports to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness and leading several rigorous evaluations of programs designed to improve the economic and health outcomes of program participants. Students can read his short introduction to homelessness in America, written for the Summit, here.

Alvaro Cortes is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates, leading several high-profile projects that focus on vulnerable populations and neighborhoods. Dr. Cortes has extensive experience working with homeless populations, producing annual reports to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness and leading several rigorous evaluations of programs designed to improve the economic and health outcomes of program participants. For many years, Dr. Cortes has worked on numerous projects that are designed to assist both federal agencies and grantees in operationalizing, measuring and reporting performance outcomes.
 
Dr. Cortes has contributed to several other important national studies, including an evaluation of the federal government’s response to the foreclosure crisis, several homeownership studies that focus on Hispanics and Native Americans and an evaluation of the nation’s welfare-to-work program.
 
He has a Ph.D. in Urban Politics and Policy and an M.A. in American Government and Politics from Wayne State University. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. - See more at: http://abtassociates.com/About-Us/Our-People/Associates/Dr-Alvaro-Cortes.aspx#sthash.JpmHw4Gh.dpuf
Alvaro Cortes is a Principal Associate at Abt Associates, leading several high-profile projects that focus on vulnerable populations and neighborhoods. Dr. Cortes has extensive experience working with homeless populations, producing annual reports to the U.S. Congress on the extent and nature of homelessness and leading several rigorous evaluations of programs designed to improve the economic and health outcomes of program participants. For many years, Dr. Cortes has worked on numerous projects that are designed to assist both federal agencies and grantees in operationalizing, measuring and reporting performance outcomes.
 
Dr. Cortes has contributed to several other important national studies, including an evaluation of the federal government’s response to the foreclosure crisis, several homeownership studies that focus on Hispanics and Native Americans and an evaluation of the nation’s welfare-to-work program.
 
He has a Ph.D. in Urban Politics and Policy and an M.A. in American Government and Politics from Wayne State University. He has a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Michigan. - See more at: http://abtassociates.com/About-Us/Our-People/Associates/Dr-Alvaro-Cortes.aspx#sthash.JpmHw4Gh.dpuf