Economic Social Legal Pathways, Inc.

Who We Are

Our Mission

The mission of Economic Social Legal Pathways, Inc. is to empower disadvantaged Americans to achieve the American Dream.

Our Vision

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 Pathways 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 Values

Our work is guided by the following values:

We believe everyone should be valued in our society and everyone should have the opportunity to participate and enjoy the benefits of our economic system.

We believe in a society and workplace in which all people are treated fairly and are provided with the tools to prosper. Exchanges of opinion should always be collegial and constructive and exhibit respect and tolerance for differing views.

We believe complex economic challenges faced by vulnerable communities require multi-disciplinary and integrated solutions. These solutions are best realized through collaborations between the private sector, government, non-profit organizations and the affected communities and their people.

We believe we should investigate topics rigorously, base conclusions on demonstrable evidence, and communicate findings clearly and honestly.

Pathways is:

  • 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;
  • Multi-sectoral 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.