Opportunity Champion

Hane Tarris
Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas

Meet Hane Tarris

— In this series, we highlight the work of our partners in this movement and share their vision for Charlotte’s future.

Hane Tarris, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas Mentor and 2019 Inaugural Opportunity Champion

Leading on Opportunity: What is your vision for economic mobility in Charlotte-Mecklenburg?

Hane Tarris: My vision for economic mobility in our community is that all kids who need help with upward mobility will have adults looking out for their mobility and opportunities the same way I look out for my own daughters and son. My vision is that every one of these great kids will have a mentor who proactively and intentionally uses their social capital to create opportunities (life/educational/social/arts/culture/sports/etc), introduce connections, open doors, provide advice and counsel, while also holding their mentees to high standards of excellence in all they do, starting with reading and school. My vision is that these awesome kids will have fuller lives with more upward success because of these open doors to education, opportunities, and experiences.

Leading on Opportunity: What does opportunity mean to you?

Hane Tarris: Opportunity means realizing that there are doors that typically are unknown to these great kids, providing them with a little help to reach the doorknob to open those doors, and then providing advice on which doors they should walk through.

Leading on Opportunity: How does Leading on Opportunity’s North Star Goal inspire and connect to your work?

Hane Tarris: Leading on Opportunity’s North Star Goal and helping kids see and open doors goes hand-in-hand.

To learn more, follow Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas @bbbscentralcarolinas on Facebook and Instagram, @bbbscc on Twitter or visit them on the web at bbbscentralcarolinas.org.

Moving Charlotte from 50 out of 50 in economic mobility is a collaborative, community effort. With that in mind, Leading on Opportunity set a goal to build an Opportunity Movement that celebrates everyone's contributions. On March 26, 2019, we honored 50 Inaugural Opportunity Champions who have gone above and beyond to support implementation and align to one or more of our 21 community-inspired strategies within the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force Report. Often without any public recognition, this group of distinguished leaders set the bar high for others in our community to invest in building a stronger equitable community for all children, youth and families. We hope you are inspired to learn more about their work.