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Their Future.
Our Commitment.

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Their Future.
Our Commitment.

Make a Difference Today.
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Our voices and backgrounds are diverse. And we share a mission to create pathways of opportunity so every child, youth and family in Charlotte-Mecklenburg can rise.

Through Leading On Opportunity's community-inspired strategies: we engage diverse voices uplifting community; we amplify stories and data shifting the narrative and celebrating community success; we influence policies and practices building public will and shared accountability ultimately resulting in transformative change.

Our stakeholders are committed individuals, grassroots community leaders, activists, politicians, businesses, government, communities of faith and nonprofits willing to influence systems and community change.

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Let's Talk About Race: Race and Poverty Workshop

September 22, 2019

Let's Talk About Race: Race and Poverty Workshop

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Featured Event Leading on Opportunity Invites You: On the Table Community Partners and Hosts Training Session 4

September 25, 2019

Leading on Opportunity Invites You: On the Table Community Partners and Hosts Training Session 4

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ReConnect to Economic Opportunity Forum

October 15, 2019

ReConnect to Economic Opportunity Forum

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A Wake-up Call

In 2014, the Chetty Study ranked Charlotte last among the 50 largest US cities and Mecklenburg 99 out of 100 counties in upward mobility. Access to economic opportunity in Charlotte-Mecklenburg is far too often aligned with the zip code where one lives. In response, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force led by Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown and Dee O'Dell, released the Opportunity Task Force Report intended to be a living document offering 21 strategies, multiple recommendations and tactics to engage our community while establishing the Leading on Opportunity Council, led by James E. Ford and Andrea B. Smith, to continue the work forward through implementation. Laying the foundation of the work the Opportunity Task Force reports calls us, individually and collectively, to take bold action in the years ahead so together, we earn a new reputation as a community that is "Leading on Opportunity."

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Meeting Presents Opportunity to Galvanize Community for Lakeview

WSOC • Kevin Campbell - August 28, 2019

“We need to lift up potential bright spots in neighborhoods like Lakeview,” Cooper-Lewter said. “If things are going to change, we have to have conversations and work.”

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Community Conversation: The American Dream vs. Charlotte Reality

WBTV • Dedrick Russell - July 26, 2019

Featuring Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Leading on Opportunity Council Member and County Manager Dena Diorio, and community organizations like Crisis Assistance Ministries, Central Piedmont Community College, the Urban League of Central Carolinas, Meck Pre-K, and Workforce Investment Network.

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The Economist Who Would Fix the American Dream

The Atlantic • Gareth Cook - July 17, 2019

"No one has done more to dispel the myth of social mobility than Raj Chetty. But he has a plan to make equality of opportunity a reality ... In Charlotte ... Opportunity Insights is planning housing and higher-education initiatives, but social capital is at the center of its approach. It is working with a local organization called Leading on Opportunity, and looking at nonprofits that are already operating successfully, including Communities in Schools, a national group that provides comprehensive student support, as well as a job-training program called Year Up."

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