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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Segregation is "On the Table" at Charlotte-Wide Community Event

North Carolina Health News • Yen Duong - October 29, 2018

In the years since that Harvard and Berkeley study, Charlotteans have been reckoning with how to solve that inequity.

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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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Detailed Maps Show How Neighborhoods Shape Children for Life.

New York Times • Emily Badger & Quoctrung Bui - October 1, 2018

The earlier research showed Charlotte as among the worst large metropolitan areas in the country in creating opportunity for poor children, a realization that prompted the community to create a task force co-chaired by Dr. Ophelia Garmon-Brown.

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The American Dream is Harder to Find in Some Neighborhoods

NPR Morning Edition • John Ydstie - October 1, 2018

Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream.

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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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Leading on Opportunity Council Spotlight: Patrice Funderburg and Mike Rizer

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - August 31, 2018

Get to know the members of the Leading on Opportunity Council. Here, we’ll get the perspective on the work to drive economic mobility across Charlotte and hear their vision for our city from Patrice Funderburg and Mike Rizer.

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Leading on Opportunity Council Spotlight: Jesse Cureton and Kandi Deitemeyer

Charlotte Business Journal • Bank of America - September 21, 2018

Get to know the members of the Leading on Opportunity Council. Here, we’ll get the perspective on the work to drive economic mobility across Charlotte and hear their vision for our city from Jesse Cureton and Kandi Deitemeyer.

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