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.”

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Executive Vice President & General Counsel, GCO

FEATURED STORIES

The Value of Sung and Unsung Heroes

The Value of Sung and Unsung Heroes

As we celebrate, Black History Month, I’m reminded of the 1993 song written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff entitled “Hero”. The words to the chorus went like this: “And then a hero comes along With the strength to carry on And you cast your fears aside And you...

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HFI has offered a new way to connect with licensed professionals via a series of live web conferences. Gain insight into other resources and tools available to build your best relationship.

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GCO ON FACEBOOK

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We agree with @BuzzBrockway. We couldn't have said it any better. We applaud the Georgia Justice Project for the work they're doing to give people a #secondchance.

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GCO ON TWITTER

"I believe in second chances because I believe everybody deserves the opportunity to recover from mistakes that they may have made in the past."
- Buzz Brockway, @GAOpportunity

Learn more at http://www.SecondChanceGeorgia.org

#SecondChanceGA #expungement #secondchances

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GCO ON INSTAGRAM

Many of us have special people who have influenced our lives and helped us take hold of the opportunities in life that come our way. Today, we learn about @KatherineGreene's unsung hero. We'd love to hear about yours.
https://georgiaopportunity.org/the-value-of-sung-and-unsung-heroes/

#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackwomen #blacklove #blackmen #black #blackgirlmagic #history #blackhistoryfacts #blackisbeautiful #africanamerican #blackpride #africanamericanhistory #knowledge #GCO
#makingGAgreat #makinggeorgiagreat #Breakthrough #successsequence
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Let your imagination go wild in the pages of a book. Set aside time on a nightly or weekly basis to read as a family and build #strongfamilyties. What are some of your favorite books to read as a family?

#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence
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We continue to strive to create opportunities for ALL Georgians to flourish.
#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackwomen #blacklove #blackmen #black #blackgirlmagic #history #blackhistoryfacts #blackisbeautiful #africanamerican #blackpride #africanamericanhistory #knowledge #GCO
#makingGAgreat #makinggeorgiagreat #Breakthrough #successsequence
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@pcarpchurch hosted a group of couples last week to work on strengthening their marriages, plus it gave the couples the opportunity to meet other couples.
For more information about other workshops in the area: https://georgiaopportunity.org/initiatives/hfi/

#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence #marriageweek #marriage #HFI #healthyfamilies #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall
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Be our #Valentine tomorrow?

Learn more about #MarriageWeek:
https://georgiaopportunity.org/marriage-week-2020/

#HFI #HealthyFamily #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence #marriageweek #marriage #HFI #healthyfamilies #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall
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We continue to learn from the past and strive to create a world where all people have the opportunities to flourish.

#blackhistorymonth #blackhistory #blackwomen #blacklove #blackmen #black #blackgirlmagic #history #blackhistoryfacts #blackisbeautiful #africanamerican #blackpride #africanamericanhistory #knowledge #GCO
#makingGAgreat #makinggeorgiagreat #Breakthrough #successsequence
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It's #MarriageWeek so what better way to kickoff the week than to talk about love and commitment. What are the ways you serve your spouse?
https://georgiaopportunity.org/marriage-week-2020/

To view the full video: https://youtu.be/JHS62ZB7B8I

#HFI #HealthyFamily #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence #marriageweek #marriage #HFI #healthyfamilies #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall #gotyourback
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Families at #LilburnMiddleSchool gathered together to learn ways to better communicate as a family, and gain resources for strengthening their #family unit. The room was packed!

#strongfamiiesforlife #GCO
#makingGAgreat
#makinggeorgiagreat
#Breakthrough
#successsequence #HFI #HealthyFamily #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners
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The winters can be cold and long, but warm up together as a family over supper. Families that eat together, stay together and build #strongfamilyties.
#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence
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This month we honor the Black-Americans who have helped shape our Nation into the land of the free. We hope you enjoy the small selection of leaders we are sharing, along with their wisdom regarding life, liberty, humanity, and opportunities.

https://georgiaopportunity.org/recognizing-black-history-month-is-about-recalling-where-we-came-from/
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It's week four of #ThrivingTogether, and this week need your thoughts about healing brokenness within #marriage. Tonia and Scott Brown have some great tips for keeping communication open, and not negating positive actions. Tell us what you think below.
For more information on #MarriageWeek and Thriving Together visit: https://georgiaopportunity.org/marriage-week-2020/

To see the full video visit: https://youtu.be/reoK7yLYh4A

#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #community #hfipartners #successsequence #marriageweek #marriage #HFI #healthyfamilies #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall
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It's the time of the week for us to get interactive! We want to hear your best tips for a successful, strong marriage in the comments. In the video attached, we get a couple of tips for overcoming stressors in marriage. What are yours?

To watch the full video visit: https://youtu.be/FqHIU_GFu-Y

#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #hfipartners #successsequence #marriageweek #marriage #HFI #healthyfamilies #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall
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January is often the coldest month of the year, but don't let Jack Frost keep you from building #strongfamilyties. Bundle up and go for a walk together as a family.

#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence
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Wishing you all a wonderful MLK Day! How are you serving today? Share in the comments. ...

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It's time to get interactive and tell us what you think after you watch the short video. Let us know how you invest in your spouse within the comments below.
Also, if you're interested in learning more join #KatherineGreene and #CarlosGreene in week two of #ThrivingTogether as they take us through the "Exploration of Marriage." Watch the full-length video at https://youtu.be/4a84ZSgOqPg.

#marriageweek #marriage #successsequence #partners #powercouple #relationships #wedding #weddingday #newlyweds #bride #groom #realtionshipgoals #blendedfamily #love #loveconquersall
#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #hfiworkshops #hfipartners
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Tech devices are wonderful tools until they begin to take families away from spending time together. Host a "NO MEDIA NIGHT" and spend time doing things your family loves.
#strongfamilyties #HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence
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Join the Healthy Families Initiative every other week for helpful tips on creating #strongfamilyties by spending quality time together as a family.
#HFI #HealthyFamily #tipsandtricks #freetips #family #familyiseveryything #myfamily #helpfulhints #community #parenting #parents #hfidadtips #hfiworkshops #hfipartners #successsequence
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The new year is here, make a New Year's resolution with your child.
#parenting #fatherhood #superdads #HFI #healthyfamilies #hfidadtips #HFIworkshops
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There is no gift more precious than the hope of a better tomorrow, and you can #givehope today! This is your last chance to donate in 2019. Help build stronger people, families, and communities.
Click to give:
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#charitablegiving, #charity, #poverty, #endpoverty, #GCO, #Breakthrough, #HealthyFamilies, #family, #schoolchoice, #educhoice, #community, #georgia, #makingGAgreat, #peoplefirst
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