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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 common North Star goal: Within a generation, every child in Charlotte-Mecklenburg will have an equal chance to achieve social and economic success.

Through Leading On Opportunity's community-informed 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. Together, we can create new pathways of opportunity so every child, youth and family in Charlotte-Mecklenburg can rise.

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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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Northside Baptist Church Shares Hope with Families Affected by Affordable Housing Crisis

WSOC-TV • Kevin Campbell

As part of a pilot program, Northside Baptist Church has partnered with Leading on Opportunity, WSOC-TV and several nonprofit organizations to continue the community conversation about the affordable housing crisis and how the collaboration can support families and children within the services of A Child’s Place to erase the impact of homelessness on children and their education.

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A Year of Igniting Change: 2019

Leading on Opportunity

In 2019, we set our sights on our North Star Goal with input from hundreds across Charlotte-Mecklenburg along the way. Learn about our work and community impact this year.

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Leading on Opportunity ED Takes New Role to Direct Financial Security CLT

A New Chapter Begins for Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter in January 2020

Stephanie Cooper-Lewter has announced that she will step down as executive director of Leading on Opportunity in January 2020 to accept a new role directing Financial Security CLT, a coalition of Mecklenburg County nonprofits working to help families achieve greater financial security.

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