How do we build a community where every child can succeed?

When Ross Meyer was a teenager growing up in Cincinnati, he had a mentor who changed his life.

Meyer, now the vice president of community impact at United Way of Greater Cincinnati, went to Over-the-Rhine with his mentor and discovered a side of the city he wasn't familiar with. It wasn't the Over-the-Rhine that Cincinnati residents know today. Instead, if was plagued by poverty and crime.

"It became apparent to me that I was lucky to be born into the circumstances that I was," Meyer said.

In the years to come, Meyer would dedicate his career to helping those less fortunate than him. He worked at The Greater Cincinnati Foundation before moving to his current role at United Way.

Now, Meyer spends a great deal of his time combating child poverty in Greater Cincinnati, where 44 percent of children live in poverty, according to 2014 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. That's double the national child poverty rate of 22 percent.

He's also part of the Child Poverty Collaborative, a newly formed task force that aims get 10,000 children out of poverty by 2020.

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