Removing the Barriers to Opportunity

Education. Work. Family.

WHO WE ARE

Georgia Center for Opportunity is independent and non-partisan. We are dedicated to increasing opportunities for a quality education, fulfilling work, and a healthy family life for all Georgians.

A quality education provides a key path to opportunity and is one of the most effective ways to break cycles of poverty.
A job is more than a source of income; it’s a source of dignity and pride. It’s a human need that provides structure and meaning in life.
Everyone longs for and needs healthy relationships. The family is where it all begins.

“I think GCO is most effective at identifying barriers to opportunity and developing both public policy and community-based solutions to those barriers.”

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Donor

“The Smart Steps class was the beginning of our journey and exposure to helping families and couples.”

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Healthy Families Initiative participant and mentor

“GCO’s research on Parental Accountability Courts made the case for their effectiveness and helped pave the way for their growth in the state.”

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Henry County Superior Court Judge

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be working with a group of people who all share a passion and a vision for improving conditions for those in need.”

circle-eric-cochlingEric Cochling
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, GCO

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The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

The Little Things: Keeping Perspective On Thanksgiving

Like many of you, this Thanksgiving our family will sit around a large table filled with decorations, turkey, stuffing,  mashed potatoes, that odd jello that your distant aunt insists on bringing, and those that we love. At some point, someone will clang a glass to...

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Looking for fun things to do with your family? Check out #HFIPartner #FowlerYMCA, they have some great events on the calendar. There's even a Parents' Night Out!! #familytime
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This event from our #HFIPartner #revolutionteencenter looks like an entertaining and safe environments for teens to have some fun!

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#GivingTuesday is about more than just giving dollars. It's about giving hope, opportunities for success, and the tools needed for moving forward. Our goal is to move people out of #poverty into self-sufficiency. Help us achieve this goal. Give Hope.
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#GivingTuesday is about so much more than just dollars. It's about the people and the dreams born because of hope. At GCO your donations are used to remove barriers from those trapped in cycles of poverty. Those who have lost hope for a better education, fulfilling work, or ever having a stable family. Give today and give the gift of hope to so many around our state.
https://georgiaopportunity.org/givingtuesday/

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Shop #CyberMonday with #AmazonSmile and #Amazon will donate to GCO, so we can continue to be a leader in connecting community partners, leaders, and ideas to remove barriers keeping people in generational #poverty.
Use this link to learn how to connect with AmazonSmile. https://georgiaopportunity.org/support-gco-with-amazon-smiles/
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Online shopping = Opportunities for Georgians to succeed. Use AmazonSmile for all your Black Friday shopping, and money donated to GCO will go towards removing barriers for those trapped in cycles of poverty.
Learn how to connect to AmazonSmile:
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We gather together with friends and family today to give thanks for so many blessings. But, we're especially grateful to our supporters and followers. Because of you, we're able to breakdown barriers and help provide pathways of opportunity to our fellow Georgians. Thank you. #HappyThanksgiving

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Help your child become more aware of the world around them with a trip to the library. Reading can also improve concentration, plus verbal and language skills. #parenting #fatherhood #superdads #HFI #healthyfamilies #hfidadtips #HFIworkshops ...

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We're grateful for you and the people and opportunities in your life that allowed you to succeed. We want to pass those blessings on to others so we all thrive! #HappyThanksgiving!
https://georgiaopportunity.org/the-little-things-keeping-perspective-on-thanksgiving/

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A little pre-Black Friday shopping on AmazonSmile equals donations to support efforts to remove the barriers for those in poverty.

Learn how to connect with AmazonSmile: https://georgiaopportunity.org/support-gco-with-amazon-smiles/
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Shop your way to helping more Georgians have opportunities for success.
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#revolutionteencenter, a partner with the Healthy Families Initiative, is providing safe and fun events for teens. 😊 "Revolution Teen Center
Revolution Teen Center offers after-school programs & entertainment events for 7th-12th grade students. https://revolutionteencenter.org/sign-ups
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You can help GCO through @AmazonSmile. Yes, you read that correctly. When you shop on Amazon you can give more opportunities for success to our neighbors and communities. Check out the quick video link below to learn more.
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Thank you to all the men and women who have served our country. Today, we salute you!
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Lilburn Middle School serves their students and families outside of the traditional school day and classroom. Through partnerships with local businesses, students are molded into tomorrow's business leaders, learning "success is the ONLY option." And, through after-school workshops our Healthy Families Initiative is able serve the students and their families by providing family relationship skills guidance.

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A great way to spend time with your children is to share in your enjoyment of music.
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Do have question about Hiring Well, Doing Good? What is it... How it works... What it means for the future? We thought you might. 😉 Check out the link below for the answers to those questions and more!
https://georgiaopportunity.org/qa-kristin-barker-on-hiring-well-doing-good-in-columbus/

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Too many children in our state lack a stable family and environment. As they age they're turned out of the #fostercare system with no support. But, there are those working to find solutions which would help every child have a home.
https://georgiaopportunity.org/breakthrough-2019-caring-for-foster-families/

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Georgia's Welfare System Reference Guide

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An Alternative To Incarceration

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A High Price To Pay

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Increasing Employment Opportunities For Ex-Offenders

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Prisoner Reentry | The State of Corrections

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Prisoner Reentry

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Increasing Access to Quality Healthcare for Low-Income Uninsured Georgians

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare System White Paper

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Disincentives for Work and Marriage in Georgia's Welfare SystemExecutive Summary

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