We could all use a good laugh right now, right?

We could all use a good laugh right now, right?

We could all use a good laugh right now, right?

We’re excited to announce that  comedian and inspirational speaker Michael Jr. will be joining us as a keynote speaker for Breakthrough Online 2020.

Known as one of today’s most gifted comedians, Michael Jr. brings laughter and understanding to audiences all over the world. Michael has spent a significant portion of his career making laughter commonplace in uncommon places such as homeless shelters and prisons. 

 

Now, Michael Jr. tours the country using comedy to inspire audiences to activate their purpose and live a life fulfilled.

 

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Breakthrough is a way for you to share your work, explore new ideas, and connect with other organizations that are making an impact in our communities. This collaboration of ideas is why the Georgia Center for Opportunity exists and we are excited to have you join us.

Also joining us to speak at Breakthrough: Gov. Brian Kemp

Impressive line-up of panels

We all could use a good dose of inspiration, now more than ever. That’s exactly what you’ll get with our breakout sessions:

  • Education: The challenge of virtual learning in the COVID-19 era
  • Employment: Job creation through community collaboratives
  • Family: Personal wellness during the pandemic
  • Development: Nonprofit fundraising in 2020


Register today: Thursday, November 5, 8:30am to 4:00pm EST
We’re excited to offer Breakthrough in a new virtual format as we continue to partner together for a better Georgia. Join us!

Breakthrough 2019 – Caring For Foster Families

Breakthrough 2019 – Caring For Foster Families

Breakthrough 2019 – Caring For Foster Families

We can’t address the crisis in our civil society without addressing children who lack a family to come home to.

That was the driving theme behind Breakthrough 2019’s panel on foster care and adoption. A staggering 97 percent of kids who age out of the foster care system without a stable connection to a family end up landing in chronic poverty. How can we best help these children?

For practical ideas, we heard from Andy Cook of Promise 686, Bob Bruder-Mattson of FaithBridge Foster Care, Pam Parish of Connections Homes, and Chelsea Sabo of Foster Care Alliance.

As Andy shared, “The greatest nonprofit in the world is the family.”

Breakthrough 2019 – A Sustainable Vision For Helping The Poor

Breakthrough 2019 – A Sustainable Vision For Helping The Poor

Breakthrough 2019 – A Sustainable Vision For Helping The Poor

Is there a solution to poverty? That’s the question GCO president and CEO Randy Hicks discussed with AEI president Robert Doar as a keynote at Breakthrough 2019.

One powerful step forward in the anti-poverty fight is the Success Sequence: Helping as many people as possible attach to employment, stable family lives, and education. And solutions come locally.

“We don’t really succeed in helping people move up unless we have a really great and strong civil society and faith-based institutions helping people on a one-to-one basis,” Robert Doar shared. “Government can write a check. Government can fund a program. But it can’t help a person get a job or help a child learn to read. That happens at a local level in an individual experience.”

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Is it possible to do good while making a profit?

The resounding answer from our jobs panel at Breakthrough 2019 was “yes.”

The big question, of course, is how to do it. We heard from mission-driven leaders in the business community dedicated to helping the disadvantaged access the social capital and soft and hard skills needed to excel and thrive:  

  • Michael Jones of Thrive Farmers, whose coffee and tea business not only serves great products but also sought to find an equitable way to support farmers. 
  • Donnell Woodson of FCS Ministries, which works with communities to provide solutions and job resources that uniquely suit a given community. 

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s Hiring Well, Doing Good (HWDG) initiative is dedicated to helping the disadvantaged find and thrive in work. HWDG seeks to understand the barriers that disadvantaged people face (such as lack of childcare, transportation, and housing). We also focus on the type of soft-skills training that is key to getting a job and progressing in it.

Check back soon for more content from Breakthrough 2019!

 

 

Breakthrough 2019 – Criminal Justice Reforms That Restore & Empower

Breakthrough 2019 – Criminal Justice Reforms That Restore & Empower

Breakthrough 2019 – Criminal Justice Reforms That Restore & Empower

Georgia ranks 4th nationwide in incarceration rates. One out of every 18 people are in jail, on probation, or on parole. And about 40 percent of Georgians have a criminal record.

These are just a few of the startling statistics on criminal justice in the Peach State. We know that one of the most significant consequences to a criminal record is the enormous barrier it poses to employment. Here again, Georgia is one of only a handful of states where a criminal offense stays on an ex-offender’s record forever. It can’t be expunged after a given period of time.

At Breakthrough 2019, we heard from Doug Ammar of the Georgia Justice Project who shared about criminal justice reform and its link to giving people a second chance at employment. The wonderful news is that a job is one key way to help ex-offenders not repeat their crimes and lead a fulfilling life.

Check back soon for more content from Breakthrough 2019!

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Breakthrough 2019 – Bettering Lives With Better Business

Is it possible to do good while making a profit?

The resounding answer from our jobs panel at Breakthrough 2019 was “yes.”

The big question, of course, is how to do it. We heard from mission-driven leaders in the business community dedicated to helping the disadvantaged access the social capital and soft and hard skills needed to excel and thrive:  

  • Michael Jones of Thrive Farmers, whose coffee and tea business not only serves great products but also sought to find an equitable way to support farmers. 
  • Donnell Woodson of FCS Ministries, which works with communities to provide solutions and job resources that uniquely suit a given community. 

Georgia Center for Opportunity’s Hiring Well, Doing Good (HWDG) initiative is dedicated to helping the disadvantaged find and thrive in work. HWDG seeks to understand the barriers that disadvantaged people face (such as lack of childcare, transportation, and housing). We also focus on the type of soft-skills training that is key to getting a job and progressing in it.

Check back soon for more content from Breakthrough 2019!