Carsey Report on Southwest Minnesota
Research shows American youth are facing a growing “opportunity gap” where the division of economic classes is widening and children born into poor families struggle to reach their full potential.
The University of New Hampshire’s Carsey School of Public Policy has been working with community foundations like ours across the country to understand regional data and trends. We commissioned a report on southwest Minnesota youth poverty and opportunity.
The report is authored by Marybeth J. Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer and Douglas Gagnon. Dr. Mattingly is director of research on vulnerable families at the Carsey School of Public Policy and a research assistant professor of sociology at the University of New Hampshire. She presented at the Grow Our Own Summit December 15 in Marshall, which launched Southwest Initiative Foundation’s new focus on supporting all southwest Minnesota kids.
We will use this report to guide community conversations about the opportunity gap and local strategies to close it. We hope our partners find it’s a valuable tool as well. Download the full report below.
Pioneer Public Television joined forces with us to raise awareness about the fact that one in six southwest Minnesota kids lives in poverty. This impacts not just families, but employers, communities and all of us who live here. They have a wonderful video recapping the Grow Our Own Summit held back in December 2016–and the interview with Robert Putnam is as relevant today in 2018.
View the video, and full clips of other summit presenters, on the Pioneer Public Television website.
Open invitation for community presentations
Want to share this work and research with your community? Southwest Initiative Foundation staff are ready and excited to visit with civic groups, schools, employers, city or county officials, faith communities, diverse communities and more.
Email Nancy Kaping or call her at 800-594-9480 to request a presentation.
This 2017 study from the Carsey School of Public Policy dives deep into the issues and opportunities facing our region’s youth.View Report
- Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, Robert D. Putnam
- Closing the Opportunity Gap: A project of The Saguaro Seminar
- Community Foundation Opportunities Network
- Carsey School of Public Policy
- Minnesota Compass
- KIDS COUNT from The Annie E. Casey Foundation
- Child Care Deserts: An Analysis of Child Care Centers by ZIP Code in 8 States (Including Minnesota)
- Working Bridges
- YouthBuild USA
- Grow Our Own fact sheet
- SWIF’s Work at a Glance fact sheet