The Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation and StoryCorps have recorded and released conversations with local residents sharing their personal experiences relating to the opportunity gap.

StoryCorps is a national nonprofit that attempts to strengthen communities through storytelling. The Community Foundation released the 15 podcast-style audio stories on opportunityrising.org as part its initiative to narrow the gap between families and children of means and those of lesser means in the Twin Ports, according to a news release.

Citing U.S. Census Bureau statistics, in Duluth, 3,346 children, or 21.5%, live in poverty, while in Superior, the number is 1,038 children, or 25.8% — much higher than than the Minnesota average of 12.2%, the Wisconsin average of 15% and the national average of 18%, the release said.

Local residents interview each other and discuss how they have observed poverty and opportunity issues, as well as ways they found hope. StoryCorps’ goal by sharing these stories is to build connections between people and create a more compassionate world.

Some of the conversations are also available at storycorps.org and will be archived at the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress in Washington.