CSD eNews | Autumn 2019
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Illinois Governor approves Child Development Accounts for all newborns

Illinois became the most recent state in the U.S. to adopt universal Child Development Accounts on August 23, when Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed legislation to open a 529 college savings plan account with deposits for every child born or adopted in Illinois after Dec. 31, 2020. Margaret Clancy, CSD policy director, worked with various Illinois organizations and the state treasurer's office to develop the CDA policy concept.
WATCH: Second "Rigged" screening brings voter suppression discussion to the community

Awareness about voter suppression is gaining momentum. Building on a positive response to the first screening on Washington University’s campus, our Voter Access and Engagement (VAE) project collaborated with community partners to host a second screening in North St. Louis County.
In South Africa, financial capability intervention improves youth employment probability

The Centre for Social Development Africa—CSD’s sister center at the University of Johannesburg—recently published the Siyakha Youth Assets Study. It examines whether the combination of a youth employability program and a financial capability intervention can have an impact on young people’s job outcomes.
LISTEN: On inSocialWork podcast, Mason discusses climate change and social work

Listen to an excerpt from Lisa Reyes Mason's interview on the inSocialWork podcast. In it, she describes how climate change is connected to social, economic and political contexts, making it an important issue for social work.
WATCH: Housing expert Metzger discusses fallacies of neighborhood segregation

Molly Metzger, faculty director of Thriving Communities at the Center for Social Development, discusses three myths about the causes of segregation during the keynote speech at the 2019 Fair Housing Conference.
Nebraska legislature unanimously approves universal, at-birth CDA policy

Nebraska’s legislature approved a universal Child Development Account policy that will cover every resident born in the state on or after January 1, 2020. Margaret Clancy, policy director at CSD, advised State Treasurer John Murante on desirable CDA features, provided research results from the SEED OK CDA experiment and testified before the state legislature.