The mission of ESLP is to empower disadvantaged Americans to achieve the American Dream.
We believe that the pathway to sustainable growth for our country and its people lies in strengthening our most vulnerable and economically detached populations. The ESLP envisions a nation where all people have access to the resources, opportunities and support they need to help them realize their potential and achieve economic security. We envision a nation of individuals and families with sufficient income, quality education, decent and affordable housing and health care, child and elder care, a safe environment, and savings and other economic assets. We see a society that recognizes the value, dignity and creative potential of the overlooked and under appreciated. Success on this scale will make us all richer and is the moral thing to do, consistent with the values of our democracy.
Our work is guided by the following values:
- Multidisciplinary in its intellectual method;
- Multiracial in that its agenda concerns the experiences of all racial and ethnic “minorities” in facing discrimination, disparities and inter-group relations;
- Multisectoral in its subject matter range — poverty, criminal justice, education, employment, economic & family security, immigration, voting and democratic engagement, health care and more;
- Vertically integrated with a staff structure that makes possible a full range of activities including basic research, policy “engineering,” knowledge dissemination, public education and technical assistance for decision makers.