New ‘Atlas’ of Mobility Shows How Kids from Different Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Done

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms and Galvin Off - October 1, 2018

Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty, lead author of that study, which also included researchers from University of California at Berkeley, heads a new nonprofit group called Opportunity Insights, dedicated to figuring out what can break the generational chains of poverty and racism.

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Celebrating Our Community's Response

Leading on Opportunity

Our 2017 Opportunity Report provides a roadmap for improving social and economic mobility for all residents. Following our strategies, our community's public, private and nonprofit sectors are improving our children's future.

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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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Community Impact Director Speaks to Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners at Budget Priority Public Hearing

Yuly Rodriguez, Community Impact Director, Leading on Opportunity - January 15, 2019

It is now our opportunity to rally behind our community, which in part includes the Latinx community, that represents one quarter of the children entering kindergarten in Charlotte every year - about 3,000 children.

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Leading on Opportunity's Executive Director Reflects on Tradition

Creative Mornings CLT • Matt Olin - December 7, 2018

On Friday, December 7, 2018, hundreds of creative Charlotteans packed the halls of LaCa Projects – to explore the global theme of “Tradition.” As Executive Director of Leading on Opportunity, Dr. Cooper-Lewter’s talk is a timely and moving meditation on what it takes to create new Traditions that will lift up everyone in our community.

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Leading on Opportunity Hires Community Impact Directors to Address Key Drivers of Economic Mobility

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - October 19, 2018

Three community impact directors are now at work in Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Leading on Opportunity initiative. They are point people to make an economic mobility strategy into real-life results. Their experience adds pragmatic breadth and depth for this Charlotte-Mecklenburg challenge.

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New ‘Atlas’ of Mobility Shows How Kids from Different Charlotte Neighborhoods Have Done

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms and Galvin Off - October 1, 2018

Harvard economics professor Raj Chetty, lead author of that study, which also included researchers from University of California at Berkeley, heads a new nonprofit group called Opportunity Insights, dedicated to figuring out what can break the generational chains of poverty and racism.

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Bank of America, Albemarle Corporation Commit $20 Million to Economic Mobility in Charlotte

Charlotte Business Journal • Caroline Hudson - September 27, 2018

Each company has pledged to donate $10 million to 17 nonprofits, which focus on early education, college and career readiness and a stable family life.

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How Free Pre-K for 600 Mecklenburg Kids Could Affect Your Wallet for Years to Come

The Charlotte Observer • Ann Doss Helms - September 19, 2018

The 4-year-olds who will launch Mecklenburg County’s new public prekindergarten program this month have no idea how much is riding on them. County commissioners have put up $9 million to provide free high-quality pre-K for about 600 children this year. That investment from taxpayers could grow to $70 million a year by 2023, as Meck Pre-K expands to cover all who want it. Short term, the program gives a boost to low- to moderate-income working parents, to the small business owners who run child care centers and to traditionally underpaid child-care teachers. Ultimately officials hope to set a generation of young people on the path to academic and economic success.

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