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

Ready to work, right out of high school

Georgia’s public-school teachers should be proud of the work they’ve done to raise graduation rates in our state. Since 2011, graduation rates have increased by more than 14 percent, with 81.6 percent of the class of 2018 graduating. It’s an...

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Strategies to reignite the power of work

The economy is booming: Employment is at record-breaking levels, and income and wages are finally rising again. Yet something is missing. Despite all the positive economic news, a significant percent of Georgians (and Americans broadly) have been left behind. This...

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EVENTS

September 11

Breakthrough Event
Join us in September as some of the nation’s most innovative researchers, policy experts, and community-based practitioners lead a series of discussions on solutions that are unlocking human potential in Georgia and around the country, enabling individuals and families to flourish.

April 29

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The Pursuit Movie Screening
AMC Camp Creek 14 – 3760 Princeton Lakes Pkwy SW, Atlanta, Georgia 30331 – 7pm

The movie explores how 2 billion people around the world were lifted out of starvation-level poverty through free-market reforms. Because GCO works tirelessly to support opportunities for Georgians that allow them the ability to complete the success sequence of a quality education, stable employment, and a healthy family life, we are excited to partner with AEI for Atlanta’s showing of this movie. After the movie, we’ll take a deeper dive into how our state is affected by poverty, plus ways GCO and other organizations are working with community leaders and state lawmakers to create real change.

Starting February 20

Build My Best Relationship
HFI is offering a new way to connect with licensed professionals via a series of live web conferences. You’ll have the opportunity to engage in conversation with our experts, and gain insight into other resources and tools available to build your best relationship.

There are a limited number of participant slots to interact with licensed professionals as they tackle trending relationship topics.

All this takes place from the comfort of your computer, tablet, or phone!

Help us make a lasting difference in the lives of many. Please click the button below and donate today.

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GCO ON TWITTER

Nearly 22% of #blackmen in their mid-20s lack a #HSDiploma = uncertain pathways to employment for young men. Our new report w/@urbaninstitute has common sense ideas for creating stable jobs & flourishing futures. #apprenticeships #skillsgap https://t.co/vsUwtUhMOO

Nearly 22% of #blackmen in their mid-20s lack a #HSDiploma = uncertain pathways to employment for young men. Our new report w/@urbaninstitute has common sense ideas for creating stable jobs & flourishing futures. #apprenticeships #skillsgap https://t.co/vsUwtUhMOO
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