What does “Opportunity in America” look like for students?

Credit: PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

A recent Brookings Institution report examined pathways to high-quality jobs for young adults and found that while employment rates are high among all young adults, they are higher among those who did not experience disadvantage as an adolescent.

Student Reporting Labs has teamed up with WNET’s Chasing the Dream initiative on poverty and opportunity in America to host a Twitter chat about what opportunity looks like for K-12 students in America. We’ll discuss some of the issues our student reporters tackled in our “Opportunity in America” series, and take a look at some of Chasing the Dream’s reporting on everything from education inequity to four-year college alternatives and college preparedness.

SRL reporters looked closely at different educational and economic opportunities available for young people, from college readiness programs for first-generation college students in California to inclusive leadership opportunities for students with disabilities at Maui High School in Hawaii. Some students even got the chance to visit a natural gas pipeline in West Virginia with SRL producers to explore how the energy industry is luring some young people with their high salaries.

Chasing the Dream examines economic and structural inequities in America through impactful storytelling. Stories that explore educational opportunities for young people include Personal Statement, a documentary about under-resourced New York City high school students who took college counseling into their own hands. In New Jersey, a profile of the Newark Youth Court investigated how the program gives young people the power to implement criminal justice reform at the juvenile level.


What does Opportunity look like for K-12 students in America?

Student Reporting Labs, along with our partner, Chasing the Dream, explore this question in the upcoming  #OpportunityinAmericaChat on Twitter on March 12 at 2 p.m. EST. Rebecca Klein (@rklein90), an education reporter for the Huffington Post who focuses on K-12 issues, and Chalkbeat NY, (@ChalkbeatNY ‏), a non-profit news organization that strives to tell the stories of New York students and their access to quality education, will join the #OpportunityinAmericaChat to provide some perspective