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Solving critical challenges
The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation develops ideas and social entrepreneurs who will improve the quality of life for people in low-income, urban communities across the globe.
February 6, 2014
Conference Dates: Thursday, March 27 – Friday, March 28, 2014
50 years ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared “unconditional War on Poverty.” However, solutions to poverty in America have remained elusive. The Innovating to End Urban Poverty conference will explore the context for poverty, policy history, and innovative solutions bridging families to opportunity. The conference will convene a multi-disciplinary team of nationally-recognized scholars and practitioners to examine what is and is not working with an emphasis on the new policies, programs or practices needed to end urban poverty. Sponsored by USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation and USC Bedrosian Center on Governance, the conference will consist of five topic-specific panels and two wrap-up panels over the course of a day-and-a-half. Register: Online live stream
January 9, 2014
Marking the War on Poverty’s 50th Anniversary, President Obama announced that Los Angeles will receive one of five highly competitive Promise Zone awards. The ten-year partnership with the federal government will help revitalize high poverty communities. The City may receive up to $500 million from the federal government to improve education, job training creation, affordable housing, public transportation, public safety, and more.
The USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation will serve as the program evaluator under the leadership of Professor Gary Painter. The Price Center will develop specific metrics, strategies, and evidence-based approaches to assess and enhance the Promise Zone’s impact. The Price Center’s evaluation will provide significant opportunities for students to engage in urban development, policy analysis, program evaluation, and data collection.
The Price Center is delighted to partner with the Youth Policy Institute and the City of Los Angeles in this historic effort to improve the quality of life for residents in low-income L.A. neighborhoods.