Interested in learning more about the opportunity initiative? Start here:
Opportunity Listening Tour Kick-Off Outcomes Report
Learn about our first Opportunity Listening Tour stop in Druid Hills on December 8.
10 Quick Facts and the Opportunity Short Survey
10 Quick Facts
Opportunity Survey - Take online here or print here
Opportunity Task Force Baseline Presentation
This document gives you an overall view of what the Opportunity Task Force is, what the timeline is, and how your involvement will help.
Creating Opportunity And Social Mobility In Charlotte
Listen in to WFAE for an overview of the Opportunity Task Force and an update on the initiative. [November 2015]
The latest resources can be found here:
Where Is the Land of Economic Opportunity? (Executive Summary)
The United States is often hailed as the “land of opportunity,” a society in which a child's chances of success depend little on her family background. Is this reputation warranted? We show that this question does not have a clear answer because there is substantial variation in intergenerational mobility across areas within the U.S. The U.S. is better described as a collection of societies, some of which are “lands of opportunity” with high rates of mobility across generations, and others in which few children escape poverty.
Economic Opportunity: A Charlotte-Mecklenburg Perspective
Dr. Owen Furuseth, Associate Provost, Metropolitan Studies and Extended Academic Programs at UNC Charlotte, presents data and findings to localize national perspectives on economic mobility and opportunity. How does Charlotte-Mecklenburg's access to opportunity and mobility compare to the national outlook? How do factors such as segregation, income inequality, school quality, social capital and family structure affect our community's economic opportunity profile?
Is America Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility
Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves explores inequality and opportunity in America with Legos, using them to explain the chances for economic success of Americans born at the bottom of the economic ladder. Reeves shows the chances that the poorest fifth of Americans have to rise to the top, based on their race, the marital status of their mothers, and their level of education. Watch the video below:
"Schools and Opportunity" - Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson
What are the links and connections between our Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and opportunity? Find out in this compelling presentation from Dr. Amy Hawn Nelson of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute.
What the Task Force is learning:
Minimum Wage and the Labor Market - Presented by Matthew Martin
Charlotte Overview - Charlotte Chamber - Presented by Bob Morgan
Raise The Wage? - By Wendy Morrison
CDC’s Efforts to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy - Presented by Lisa Romero
Unintended Pregnancy and Access to Family Planning Mecklenburg County - Presented by Marcus Plescia
Achieving the Impossible: Reducing Teen Pregnancy in South Carolina - Presented by Forrest L. Alton
Charlotte’s Affordable Housing Efforts - Presented by Pam Wideman
Challenges in Mixed Income and Affordable Housing - Presented by Dionne Nelson
Economic Imperative: Building an Infrastructure of Opportunity, State of the South
Mecklenburg County - Health and Human Services - Presented by Anthony Trotman, Assistant County Manager
Poverty Snapshot - Mecklenburg County - Presented by Laura Simmons, UNC Charlotte Urban Institute
Cradle to Career - Continuum for Increasing a Young Person’s Chances for Success into Adulthood - Steve Partridge and Kristy Teskey
Apprenticeship can be ticket to solid job - Jill Lutz
Read Charlotte - Munro Richardson
What affects the future success of poor children? - Urban Wire
Council for Children’s Rights – Editorial on Student Assignment
CATO Institute – Panel Discussion on Education, Race and Housing
This might be a worthwhile resource for anyone who wants to have a deeper understanding of some of the history and connections between housing, race and education.
Richard Reeves – Two Anti-Poverty Strategies
Early Childhood Experiences - Building a Foundation for life - Dr. Betty Rintoul
Early Care & Education and Economic Opportunity - Janet Singerman
Turning Poverty into Promise - Project L.I.F.T. - Denise Watts
Severe poverty affects brain size, researchers find
Watching, with worry, loss of diversity in Wake schools, The News & Observer
Center on the Developing Child - Harvard University
Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change
Still Face Experiment
Charlotte's PTAs: A stark gap in money, services
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