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Tangible Hope: Leveraging Assets to Bring Dreams within Reach.

Welcome to the podcast Tangible Hope: Leveraging Assets to Bring Dreams within Reach. I’m Dr. Willie Elliott, Director of the Center for Assets, Education, and Inclusion and Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. My co-host, Melinda Lewis, Professor of Practice in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas, joins me for conversations with leading scholars, policymakers, and advocates about approaches that realize assets’ promise to make dreams realistic expectations. Each episode, we’ll examine the evidence of assets’ transformative effects on children’s outcomes, debate policy options for delivering tangible hopes for families’ futures, and address evolving issues about opportunity, equity, and the American Dream. Thank you for joining us!


What can we learn from Canada about helping kids pay for college?

January 16, 2024

New research from the Canada Education Savings Plan suggests that kids with savings in an account are more likely to attend and complete a postsecondary degree and have less debt when they leave than kids who do not.

Tangible Hope Podcast: Episode 2

October 30, 2023

In Episode 2 of the Tangible Hope Podcast we discuss the role of education as an equalizer, the student debt crisis, its impact on the return on a degree, and what to do about it. We have recently written a report on this topic and if this topic is interesting you might also want to take a look at it as well, you can find it and related materials here.

Tangible Hope Podcast: Episode 1

September 30, 2023

In Episode 1 of the Tangible Hope Podcast we discuss what we mean when we use the phrase tangible dreams and how asset intervention can help provide children and their families with an environment rich for dreaming.