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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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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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A New Story of School Segregation in North Carolina

The Washington Post • Valerie Strauss, Featuring Justin Parmenter - March 11, 2019

If you read the charter application Hobgood submitted to state officials, you might be inclined to think that the very purpose for the school’s existence is to lift children out of poverty by offering them a better education.

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Leading on Opportunity Launches Community Impact Alliance

March 2019 Convening and Opportunity Cafe

Nearly 70 Opportunity Ambassadors from around the region came together throughout the afternoon with a common goal of improving economic mobility in Charlotte, while gathered at the International House on Central Avenue.

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National Workforce Training Nonprofit Year Up Launches Year Up Charlotte

PR Web • Year Up - February 20, 2019

Continuing to expand its proven program to create pathways to meaningful employment for low-income youth, the national nonprofit Year Up announced today that it is launching a new site in Charlotte, North Carolina, with generous support from Bank of America and the John M. Belk Endowment and in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College and Leading on Opportunity, a nonprofit focused on improving economic mobility in Charlotte.

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