From April 2015

When Opportunity Stops Knocking: New Hampshire’s Kids and the American Dream – Berlin 5/6/15 and Lancaster 5/12/15

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Join a statewide conversation to share ideas with neighbors, hear the latest research, and inform the presidential primary campaigns about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams.

Register for North Country conversations in Berlin, May 6, 2015 and Lancaster, May 12, 2015. Please sign up for event registration below, walk ins welcome. Free event, refreshments and childcare provided.

Event registration: 

Berlin – 5/6/15

 Lancaster – 5/12/15

For all events, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the program runs from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

For more information about this statewide NH Listens event, please visit:

This May, New Hampshire Listens–part of the Carsey School of Public Policy at UNH–is hosting twelve local conversations across the state that will engage residents in an important conversation about the increasing barriers our state’s children face in achieving their dreams. Research from the Carsey School and other sources will help frame the discussion. Attendees will learn about what the gaps are between the opportunities children have today compared with those of previous generations in our state. We invite you to join one of these conversations to weigh in with your experience and your perception of the opportunities, barriers, and prospects for future generations.

This work is the culmination of several events and opportunities. First, awareness has increased across the state and nation about the realities of what our children can achieve economically, compared to previous generations. Second, prior to the release of Robert Putnam’s book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis,cross partisan national leadership began reaching out to Putnam to bring his expertise and research to the issue of the country’s widening inequality gap. Finally the upcoming presidential primary season presents Granite State residents with a chance to voice their thoughts on these issues as our state becomes a first stop for those wishing to become president in 2016.

Join us to talk about: 

  • What is the current state of the American Dream, especially in New Hampshire?

  • Is there less opportunity to get ahead in our communities now than in previous generations?

  • How can access to the American Dream be preserved and expanded?

  • Does everyone have equal access opportunities to succeed and get ahead?

  • What should candidates in New Hampshire’s presidential primary understand about these challenges?

  • What policies can have an effect on these issues?