Storyteller: Chip Perry

“Thank you, Charlotte, for allowing me the chance to explore and develop. In the past, present and future you give me space to grow and make mistakes.”

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Storyteller: Jennifer Huff

“I didn’t reach these my goals by myself. There were countless people along the way that helped me get there — family, friends, co-workers, supervisors, and commanders who pushed me and supported me in different ways.”

Jennifer, 43, is a Senior Financial Analyst with Premier, Inc., a healthcare performance improvement alliance company. Prior to joining Premier in February 2014, she served in the United States Air Force for over 23 years.

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Listening Tour Feedback - Randolph Muhammad


Following the Listening Tour Kick-Off on December 8, we received feedback from folks around the community. Here, Randolph Muhammad shares his thoughts. 

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Opportunity Trios - The people perspective on opportunity

What is Trios?
Trios: Passing the Torch of Opportunity is a civic engagement campaign and an exhibition of photographs and short films telling authentic opportunity stories of three people—one person at the center who has been inspired by the person on their left and, who has, in turn, inspired the third person on their right.  TRIOS demonstrates the power of inspiring and being inspired across generations, differences and communities of people and will draw participation in the Opportunity Task Force from people across the community.

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Storyteller: Yolanda Alexander

“There are so many families in this area that struggling on a day-to-day basis, and a lot of us go through it alone in silence."

Yolanda is a native Charlottean and single mom who works for Novant Health. She also volunteers at Crisis Assistance Ministry in an effort to give back to an organization that has helped her in the past, and to help others who are situations similar to her own.

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Task Force Participates in Poverty Simulation

Last Thursday, the Opportunity Task Force headed over to Crisis Assistance Ministry to participate in a poverty simulation. A poverty simulation is a guided experience that exposes participants to the realities of poverty, including the challenges of navigating the complex world of government services and other essential service providers. The Task Force participated with other folks from the community in this simulation.

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Listening Tour Kick Off - December 8

Public Invited to Opportunity Listening Tour Kick Off December 8, 2015

Opportunity Task Force Wants to Hear from People in the Community During Free Public Event


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Storyteller: Brandi Williams

Brandi N. Williams, (affectionately called Bea by those who know her) is a broker for change. She’s an accredited PR professional and hip-hop music lover who uses her formal training in public relations to advocate for causes. For nearly two decades, Brandi has worked in the nonprofit, government, entertainment, lifestyle and corporate sectors to bridge divide between the streets and the suites through her work with the Hip Hop Caucus#giveonthe15th, and give deep. She provides social commentary from a reality-based perspective on issues that impact people of color at #thedamntruth.


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Storyteller: Rosalia Torres-Weiner

Rosalia Torres-Weiner is an artist, activist and community leader in Charlotte, NC. Her art captures the themes, colors and rich symbolism of her native home of Mexico. In 2010, Rosalia shifted the focus of her work from commercial art to terart activism, after witnessing the repeated injustices and dysfunction of our immigration system. Her work has been exhibited in venues including the McColl Center for Arts and Innovation, Levine Museum of the New South, and UNCC’s Projective Eye Gallery.  

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Storyteller: Steven Armendariz


“The most important asset any community has is its people, and I would like to see Charlotte invest in helping its people flourish.”

 Steven was born and raised in Charlotte, and is currently a junior at Elon University majoring in Political Science and minoring in Leadership Studies and Economics. He is very active in his community, and also works as a Diversity Ambassador for the Office of Admission at Elon to help with the advancement of diverse populations.

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