Voices for Florida News Update

GDP…does it tell us the whole story?

florida times

Is GDP really telling us all we need to know about our economic opportunities and social well-being? Below are two stories for review and reflection about this question. According to the Wall Street Journal article, America is on the right path because GDP is increasing. However, The New York Times article offers a very different view. This article brings attention to other outcomes that will affect our children and their ability to achieve the “American Dream.”

U.S. Economy Grows at Steady Clip Wall Street Journal 10/30/2014

The American Dream Is Leaving America New York Times 10/26/2014

Brainstorming Session Encourages Entrepreneurs for Concerns of Society

florida times

Economically. Socially. Comparatively. Americans aren’t doing so well. That was the point of a group brainstorming ways to lift the quality of life in Florida. The well-being of its citizens.The group from area business and academic communities gathered at the University of North Florida Thursday to discuss ways to make things better for the children and families in the state who are struggling.
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Yellen: Greatly concerned by widening income gap

dave bundy

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen sounded an alarm Friday about widening economic inequality in the United States, suggesting that America’s longstanding identity as a land of opportunity was at stake.
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Voices for Florida to Present its 1st Power of 10 Grand Round Discussion in Jacksonville

Approximately 100 thought leaders of diverse industries will gather at the University of North Florida to discuss ways to improve the quality of life for children and families in the greater Jacksonville area and statewide.Called “The Power of 10 Grand Rounds Discussion,” the event is sponsored by Voices for Florida and The University of North Florida in partnership with Voices for Florida Girls, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, and The Children’s Campaign.  Read the Article 

What’s So Scary About Smart Girls?


WHEN terrorists in Nigeria organized a secret attack last month, they didn’t target an army barracks, a police department or a drone base. No, Boko Haram militants attacked what is even scarier to a fanatic: a girls’ school. That’s what extremists do. They target educated girls, their worst nightmare.That’s why the Pakistani Taliban shot Malala Yousafzai in the head at age 15. That’s why the Afghan Taliban throws acid on the faces of girls who dare to seek an education. Read the Article 

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Research and Reports

United Way ALICE Report


A new United Way of Florida Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) Report finds a startling 45 percent – or 3.2 million – of all households in this state cannot afford basic housing, child care, food, healthcare, and transportation. Despite working, often at more than one job, these individuals and families earn too little for a sustainable lifestyle.

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The Correlation between Social and Economic Progress

Learn more about the very real correlation between economic opportunities and the social well-being of children by watching these videos.

Wealth Inequality in America Learn the reality of how America’s wealth is distributed versus how we think it is distributed.

Social Progress Index 2014 Results Learn why measuring GDP alone cannot create long-term prosperity and well-being.

The Raising of America This video preview of a new PBS series, scheduled to air in 2015, gives an overview of what stands in the way of our country’s progress and what we can do about it.

From Pre-K to Prosperity


The number of adults and children relying on assistive social services such as welfare and Medicaid is climbing at an alarming rate. To address this negative trend the authors of a newly released report, “Pre-K to Prosperity,” inform readers about how the investment in high-quality early learning programs is not only a cost effective solution, but is also cost-efficient. Pre-K is the economically proven investment that provides children with critical thinking, oral, and written comprehension abilities that can reverse their future need for welfare and Medicaid assistance. High-quality Pre-K programs give children abilities and skills that are fundamental to their future learning success and is the foundation for growing a world-class workforce and prosperous economy. Read the article 


At Voices for Florida, we believe that every person really can make a difference, and that every difference made really does matter. It all starts with what you know. Voices for Florida empowers our members with knowledge – well-researched, evidence-based best practices and data on quality-of-life issues that are critical to us and our children’s future.


Sharing is the universal language of human interaction, which brain scientists call the essential ingredient for strengthening social ties and enhancing quality of life. At Voices for Florida, our members gain a sense of unity and common purpose by connecting and sharing high-impact knowledge.


Collaboration is not a spectator sport. Activities that bring people together to engage in collective problem-solving or raise awareness create powerful connections that can last a lifetime and literally change the world. Voices for Florida offers members diverse ways to get engaged and contribute to help build a better future for us all.


Rooted in the Old English word for “bold,” the act of building is inspired and driven by the courage and confidence that the effort will have impact. Simply put, when Voices for Florida members know, share and engage, they collectively drive better outcomes to build strong communities and successful families, creating a better future for our children.

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